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Renal Injury

Pathway Background and Objective(s)

The kidney is the most frequently injured urologic organ, with 70% to 80% being a consequence of blunt trauma. Although few urologic injuries are immediately life-threatening, they do account for some of the more frequent complications of trauma.  In the late 1990s, the American Pediatric Surgery Association (APSA) Trauma Committee developed non-operative management guidelines for blunt trauma to the abdomen to help standardize care.

This pathway to help in the management of suspected or confirmed renal injury by doing the following:

  • Standardize care to decrease variability in the management of patients with renal injuries
  • Decrease length of stay to conform with current evidence-based guidelines
  • Decrease unnecessary laboratory testing
  • Avoid unnecessary PICU admissions
  • Clearly delineate discharge criteria


Download Renal Injury Pathway Algorithm

Quality Metrics

  • Percentage of patients with pathway order set usage
  • Percentage of patients with injury graded by radiologist
  • Number of patients requiring embolization
  • Number of patients requiring operative management
  • Number of patients requiring blood transfusion
  • Average length of stay (days)

Educational Module

Download Renal Injury Educational Module

Key References

Pathway Contacts

  • Brendan Campbell, MD, MPH
  • Samantha Pelow, APRN
  • Jen Tabak, RN, MSN


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