University of Maryland Study: Kidney Disease Patients at Risk of Adverse Events Related to Disease Management

For immediate release: February 20, 2014


Bill Seiler

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Reducing unintended complications may improve patient outcomes

Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) face a kind of double whammy, according to researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Besides the health impacts of their disease, they are at high risk for hazardous events potentially related to the complex medical treatments they receive. Low blood sugar and high potassium were common complications, as were falls or severe dizziness.

School of Medicine researchers Jennifer Ginsberg, Jeffrey C. Fink, M.D., M.S., and colleagues focused their research on care delivered outside the hospital, a contrast to previous, hospital-based studies.

Dr. Fink, the study’s senior author and a nephrologist and professor of medicine, epidemiology and public health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, says, “Disease-specific adverse safety events are strikingly common in chronic kidney disease and in the presence of medications that can account for such events. It is possible that efforts to prevent these unintended events will reduce the rate of renal function loss and poor outcomes in patients with CKD.”

The study, “Patient-Reported and Actionable Safety Events in CKD” is published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Read more about the study here.