Serum Creatinine Monitoring After Acute Kidney Injury in the PICU* Academic Article uri icon

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  • OBJECTIVES: It is unknown whether children with acute kidney injury during PICU admission have kidney function monitored after discharge. Objectives: 1) describe postdischarge serum creatinine monitoring after PICU acute kidney injury and 2) determine factors associated with postdischarge serum creatinine monitoring. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of longitudinal cohort study data. SETTING: Two PICUs in Montreal and Edmonton, Canada. PATIENTS: Children (0-18 yr old) surviving PICU admission greater than or equal to 2 days from 2005 to 2011. Exclusions: postcardiac surgery and prior kidney disease. Exposure: acute kidney injury by Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes serum creatinine definition. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS: Primary outcome: postdischarge serum creatinine measured by 90 days, 1 year, and 5-7 years. SECONDARY OUTCOMES: Healthcare events and nephrology follow-up. ANALYSIS: Proportions with outcomes; logistic regression to evaluate factors associated with the primary outcome. Kaplan-Meier analysis of time to serum creatinine measurement and healthcare events. MAIN RESULTS: Of n = 277, 69 (25%) had acute kidney injury; 29/69 (42%), 34/69 (49%), and 51/69 (74%) had serum creatinine measured by 90 days, 1 year, and 5-7 year postdischarge, respectively. Acute kidney injury survivors were more likely to have serum creatinine measured versus nonacute kidney injury survivors at all time points (p ≤ 0.01). Factors associated with 90-day serum creatinine measurement were inpatient nephrology consultation (unadjusted odds ratio [95% CI], 14.9 [1.7-127.0]), stage 2-3 acute kidney injury (adjusted odds ratio, 3.4 [1.1-10.2]), and oncologic admission diagnosis (adjusted odds ratio, 10.0 [1.1-93.5]). A higher proportion of acute kidney injury versus nonacute kidney injury survivors were readmitted by 90 days (25 [36%] vs 44 [21%]; p = 0.01) and 1 year (33 [38%] vs 70 [34%]; p = 0.04). Of 24 acute kidney injury survivors diagnosed with chronic kidney disease or hypertension at 5-7 year follow-up, 16 (67%) had serum creatinine measurement and three (13%) had nephrology follow-up postdischarge. CONCLUSIONS: Half of PICU acute kidney injury survivors have serum creatinine measured within 1-year postdischarge and follow-up is suboptimal for children developing long-term kidney sequelae. Knowledge translation strategies should emphasize the importance of serum creatinine monitoring after childhood acute kidney injury.


  • Robinson, Cal
  • Benisty, Kelly
  • Cockovski, Vedran
  • Joffe, Ari R
  • Garros, Daniel
  • Riglea, Teodora
  • Pizzi, Michael
  • Palijan, Ana
  • Chanchlani, Rahul
  • Morgan, Catherine
  • Zappitelli, Michael

publication date

  • April 2021