Indications and criteria for initiating renal replacement therapy in the intensive care unit

R. Bellomo, C. Ronco

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The decision to initiate renal replacement therapy is usually based on a careful assessment of conflicting priorities in the care of critically ill patients. It is particularly difficult because of the lack of information on what are the optimal criteria and indications for the application of renal replacement therapy (RRT) in the intensive care unit (ICU). As we will discuss in this paper, even though there are several time-honored indications for initiating dialytic therapy in patients with near end-stage renal failure, such indications may not apply to the management of acute renal failure (ARF). In fact, there are several reasons why a more aggressive approach and an earlier intervention may be justified in the ICU.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S106-S109
Number of pages4
JournalKidney International, Supplement
Issue number66
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes

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