Blog  /  Insights

Raising awareness for kidney health

On World Kidney Day, Sermo doctors discuss the disease-centric approach of managing kidney disease, which often leaves the patients feeling discontented and not in control of their treatment. In addition, doctors agree that this year, awareness of kidney health is more important than ever. 

According to the National Kidney Foundation, “A new comprehensive report shows that people hospitalized with COVID-19 are at significant risk of AKI, which can lead to serious illness, dialysis, and even death…The study found patients with COVID-19, who were hospitalized between March 11 and April 26 (2020), were twice as likely to develop AKI as compared to non-COVID patients.”

In a poll of 280+ Sermo physicians from around the world, 98% said it is essential that patients suffering from kidney disease become active participants in their treatment in order to achieve the greatest possible outcome. This would improve the patient experience, helping them feel more in control of their health. During the pandemic, 84% of physicians said their patients have maintained essential treatments and medications for managing kidney disease or other severe chronic medical conditions.

According to their observations, 73% of physicians said patients who have kidney disease suffer from more severe Covid-19 illness. While only 45% have witnessed a rise in acute kidney injury due to Covid-19, 93% believe there needs to be more awareness around the fact that patients with COVID-19 who were hospitalized were twice as likely to develop AKI as non-COVID patients.

Here’s more of what Sermo physicians have to say on this topic:

Every patient with a previous kidney injury has a greater predisposition to have serious complications from Covid 19

Pediatrics (excluding surgery) – Hematology Oncology

In general, chronic kidney disease patients get delayed in their treatment due to shortage of nephrologists.

Endocrinology

Special attention should be paid to renal syndromes in COVID disease 19

Pediatrics (excluding surgery)

Yes. Patient participation is always essential for their treatment and recovery.

General Practice (GP)