Up to 3,000 patients are dying needlessly every month in UK hospitals through poor care and dehydration, a damning new report has revealed. Doctors and nurses are failing to diagnose acute kidney injury, a common condition among hospital patients, and one that is easily treated by giving them medication and some water to drink.
Between 15,000 and 40,000 patients are dying in NHS hospitals every year because staff are not recognising the symptoms of the condition, described as the 'silent killer'.
It affects one in every seven hospital patients, and can develop following surgery because the kidneys are deprived of normal blood flow during the procedure. It also affects patients who have an infection.
Because severe dehydration is one of the main causes of the condition, providing plenty of water is one quick remedy, NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) has said.
Deaths from acute kidney injury outstrip those from the superbug MRSA eight times.
(Source: Daily Telegraph, April 22, 2014)