The Role of Nephrologist in the Intensive Care Unit

Blood Purif. 2017;43(1-3):78-81. doi: 10.1159/000452318. Epub 2016 Dec 3.


Participation by nephrologists is needed in most intensive care units, even when such units are 'closed'. This participation should assist with diagnosis and management of intrinsic and complex renal diseases such as vasculitis, complex metabolic and electrolyte disorders including hyponatremia, and acute kidney injury (AKI) with and without underlying chronic kidney disease (CKD). Early nephrologist involvement will also facilitate transition to continuing care and follow-up after an episode of AKI, but may also assist in avoiding dialysis where treatment is futile. Management of AKI by intensivists should be in partnership with nephrologists to oversight and hopefully to minimize progression to CKD.

MeSH terms

  • Disease Management
  • Disease Progression
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units / organization & administration*
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Kidney Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Nephrologists / organization & administration*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*