Programme News: Renal

World Kidney Day 2021

This year International World Kidney Day will take place on 11 March 2021. The theme is  Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere – Living Well with Kidney Disease.

In Ireland, 400,000 people are at risk of kidney disease.  It is projected to become the 5th leading cause of premature death globally by 2040.

1 in 8 people aged over 50 in Ireland has Chronic Kidney disease. Chronic Kidney disease is easily detected by a simple blood test by your GP.

It is preventable with interventions that include early check-ups, blood pressure medication and blood sugar control.

Follow the 8 Golden Rules for World Kidney Day

On February 8, World Kidney Day launched #MyGr8Rule challenge. It's a symbolic gesture to remember that kidneys are vital organs and that they should be taken care of.

This action urges everyone around the globe, from all cultures and ages, to look after their kidneys and prevent kidney disease.

You can take part in the #MyGr8Rule challenge by completing one or more of the 8 golden rules of keeping kidneys healthy and preventing kidney disease.

Read more about World Kidney day.


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.