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Nottingham Children's Hospital is one of the first in the UK to use new renal technique to improve the experience of critically-ill patients

Nottingham Children’s Hospital (at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust) has become one of the first children’s hospitals in the UK to embrace a new technique which helps to improve the treatment of critically-ill patients with kidney problems.

Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), involves removing blood from the patient’s body, running it through an artificial kidney (filter) and then returning the filtered blood back to the patient. This treatment is similar to intermittent kidney dialysis that children with long-term kidney problems receive. However this new treatment at Nottingham Children’s Hospital has been designed for use over a 24-72 hour period, which is more suitable for critically-ill children.

The new technique means that patients from across the East Midlands will have access to a more efficient, effective, continuous treatment with fewer side effects. This will improve young patients’ experience whilst on the Paediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU).

Read the full story on the NUH NHS website