Programme News

World Kidney Day 2022 – Kidney Health for All

This year International World Kidney Day will take place on March 10th 2022.

The theme for 2022 is “Bridge the knowledge gap to better kidney care”. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is common with 1 out of 10 adults worldwide having it.  Kidney Disease related mortality continues to increase yearly and is projected to be the 5th leading cause of death by 2040. 

People with Chronic Kidney Disease are medically vulnerable, with most having high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. CKD increases the complications seen in these illnesses.  It is important that people with Chronic Kidney Disease are identified early, so that they can access treatment to delay kidney damage and prevent premature patient death.

There is a CKD knowledge gap at all levels of the Irish healthcare including;

  • The community. 
  • The healthcare worker 
  • The public health policy makers 

This knowledge gap is stifling the fight against kidney disease, and increasing the inherent associated mortality.

World Kidney Day encourages everyone worldwide to not only be aware of the disease but to actively know what their own kidney health measures are. 

Kidney health can be easily measured with a simple blood test and a urine sample test. 

In 2021, over 300, 000 dialysis treatments were delivered in 23 dialysis centres to 2026 adult and paediatric patients in Ireland, with approximately 100,000 additional dialysis treatments being carried out by patients in their own homes. 

The number of people successfully receiving a kidney transplant in 2021 was 137 adding to the total of 2656 people living with a successful kidney transplant.

The National Renal Office will continue to support our Kidney patients by;  

  • Extending kidney patient education and medication guidance for patients
  • Support the HSE Covid 19 Vaccination Programme which offers all patients with severe Chronic Kidney Disease stage 4/5 an extended COVID 19 primary vaccination plus a booster dose (fourth dose)
  • Support General Practitioners to recognise and manage patients with CKD across its entire spectrum from prevention and early detection of CKD.  GP’s can advise patients on how to prevent CKD with interventions that include early check-ups, blood pressure monitoring and blood sugar control as well as management of associated diseases such as heart disease. 

National Kidney Disease Clinical patient Management System (KDCPMS)

The Kidney Disease Clinical Patient Management System (KDCPMS) has been deployed in all Hospital Groups.

It allows monitoring of activity metrics, outcomes and for a National Renal Registry, with a National Renal Health Information Specialist, under the Governance of the Renal Health Intelligence Programme Board.

The system will provide a framework for performance monitoring in renal care provision, comparative clinical audit, enhanced delivery and quality of care, strategic planning and effective resource utilization.

Paediatric implementation

Temple Street University Children’s Hospital has become the latest site of deployment for the Kidney disease clinical patient management system. It's the 15th site in the implementation of the national renal system EmedRenal in our acute hospitals.

This is breaking new ground for the implementation of the system as this will be the first deployment for our paediatric patients with kidney dysfunction.

The rollout has enabled our colleagues in Temple Street to capture all aspects of kidney care they deliver, from the first presentation right through to transition to the adult services.

This will ensure all clinical information related to their kidney care is documented on EmedRenal. OPD appointments for Chronic Kidney Disease and Transplant patients are all managed within the new system supported by interfaces with Patient Administration System.

Real-time laboratory results are now available at the touch of a button. A new development was incorporated in this deployment with the creation of the functionality to transmit the patients' diagnosis out of EmedRenal into the Hospital’s Patient Portal.

The seamless transition from paper based processes to digitised records could not have happened without the patience and perseverance of the local implementation team. It included members from the Nursing, Research and IT teams.

A special mention to project leads Mairead Kinlough and Tara Raftery who showed great resilience and leadership throughout the implementation.

Go-live was the culmination of many months of hard work and it is great to be able to share this announcement with you.