THE ROLE OF THE DIETITIAN IN MANAGING ACUTE KIDNEY INJURY
Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) can often occur in critically ill, hospitalized patients. While it can be reversed, it can also lead to End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and dialysis. For many dietitians, the nutritional implications of AKI are not as well understood as those of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). If you are wondering about medical nutrition therapy in the context of AKI, this webinar is for you! We will discuss the KDIGO Guidelines and several studies regarding dietary management of AKI so that you can better understand your role in managing this disease state.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:
Understand the relationship between AKI, CKD, and ESRD.
Identify the nutrition recommendations for AKI patients.
Examine applicable studies highlighting the role of nutrition in treating AKI.
Natalie Hellman, MS, RD, LDN works as a registered dietitian at two dialysis clinics in Nashville, Tennessee. Before discovering her love for renal nutrition, Natalie had worked at a cardiac hospital and at an eating disorder/addiction facility. At her current job as a dialysis dietitian, she enjoys helping her patients interpret their lab results and educating them about how the foods they choose can impact their health and lifestyle. In working with an elderly population, Natalie has become very aware of the importance of fostering healthy habits earlier in life to reduce future health issues. She is extremely interested in researching and learning more about nutrition as preventative medicine.