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Acute Kidney Injury Network: report of an initiative to improve outcomes in acute kidney injury

  • Ravindra L Mehta1Email author,
  • John A Kellum2,
  • Sudhir V Shah3,
  • Bruce A Molitoris4,
  • Claudio Ronco5,
  • David G Warnock6,
  • Adeera Levin7 and
  • the Acute Kidney Injury Network
Critical Care200711:R31

Received: 8 December 2006

Accepted: 1 March 2007

Published: 1 March 2007

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Archived Comments

  1. Personal opinion about the article reporting an initiative to improve outcomes in acute kidney injury

    8 March 2007

    Jose Ramon Perez-Valdivieso, Clinica Universitaria. Universidad de Navarra.

    The concern about the lack of consensus criteria to define acute renal failure, and the advocation for it had been requested before [1, 2]. Therefore, dissemination of this news is appreciated by the researchers and the medical community. However, the fact that this article was submitted more than one year after the Amsterdam Conference does not help out the purpose of gaining broad support. Even more when articles presenting the RIFLE criteria unchanged are published later [3]. Reporting now is better than never, but my point is “please, not so late to avoid confusion”.

    1. Bellomo R, Kellum J, Ronco C: Acute renal failure: time for consensus. Intensive care medicine 2001, 27(11):1685-1688.

    2. Kellum JA, Levin N, Bouman C, Lameire N: Developing a consensus classification system for acute renal failure. Curr Opin Crit Care 2002, 8(6):509-514.

    3. Bellomo R, Kellum JA, Ronco C: Defining and classifying acute renal failure: from advocacy to consensus and validation of the RIFLE criteria. Intensive care medicine 2006.

    Competing interests


Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Medicine, University of California San Diego Medical Center 8342
Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Division of Nephrology, UAMS College of Medicine
Department of Medicine, Indiana University
Department of Nephrology Dialysis & Transplantation, San Bortolo Hospital
Department of Medicine, University of Alabama
Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, St Pauls Hospital