Patients who develop acute kidney injury (AKI) during SARS-CoV-2 infection face increased risk of morbidity and mortality. AKI can occur at any stage of infection with COVID-19; clinical judgment and awareness of AKI risk factors in combination with early detection and diagnosis are key in preventing short- and long-term complications in patients with AKI related to COVID-19.
Chantal Fortin, MScN, NNP, BScN, and Anne Boucher, MD, FRCPC, conducted a literature review to identify risk factors for AKI in patients with COVID-19. Results were reported in Nephrology Nursing Journal [2021;48(5):493-498].
Primary risk factors were pre-existing chronic kidney disease, obesity, and presentation with severe COVID-19. Patients who developed AKI during acutely severe disease had slightly worse outcomes than those with AKI without COVID-19. Certain genetic susceptibilities may also play a role in developing AKI in COVID-19.
Nurses can play a role in the detection, prevention, and treatment of AKI in patients with COVID-19. Care for patients and families in the context of COVID-19 and kidney injury can be optimized with the implementation of nursing interventions. Healthcare facilities can plan for resources needed due to the increased healthcare burden of survivors of AKI related to COVID-19.
The review includes recent data on how the virus causes kidney injury and offers nursing solutions to optimize care for patients with COVID-19-related AKI.
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Imagine you take an area of low pressure and slice it up into four parts. The two parts on the eastern side are warmer. It’s here where we are more likely to get rain or a mix of rain and snow.
The two parts on the western side are the cold side. It’s here where we have the best chance for snow, especially if we fall in the top left part of the low (meteorologists call it the northwest quadrant).
I bring this up because a slight shift either to the west or east has a big impact on not only what kind of wintry weather we’ll have, but also how much.
So, about this weekend. Yes, the chance for snow is once again returning to the forecast, but because the location of the low pressure is still largely unknown, it’s tricky to nail down exactly how much snow we could see, or if we get another round of mixed precipitation like this past weekend.
Another wrinkle in this next potential round for winter weather is the cold front. A strong cold front will slide through Thursday, bringing downright frigid air for central North Carolina. While this can sometimes create snow for us, it’s not always the best setup for significant, winter wonderland snow.
But in addition to the cold front, an area of low pressure is expected to develop along that cold front and slide north. Models are not in agreement with timing or amounts because of these small-scale factors.
This is why winter weather in central North Carolina is often tricky and seems like it changes every day. It’s variable and very dependent on small-scale changes.
So, we may be talking about another chance for snow by the end of the week. If it’s only tied to cold air behind the front, the totals will be low. If low pressure develops and slides off our coast, we could have decent snow totals or even another round of a wintry mix.
It’s too early to say exactly, so we’ll keep tracking it for you here on CBS 17.
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