Basic Summary for Kidney failure


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Main name of condition: Kidney failure
Other names or spellings: renal failure


What is Kidney failure?
  Brief description of Kidney failure: Total failure of the kidneys to filter waste
  Brief description of Kidney failure: Slow and progressive loss of kidney function over several years, often resulting in permanent kidney failure.1
  Parent types of Kidney failure: Kidney conditions, Kidney disease
  Organs Affected by Kidney failure: kidney
  Types of Kidney failure: Acute kidney failure, Chronic kidney failure
How serious is Kidney failure?
  Complications of Kidney failure: see complications of Kidney failure
What causes Kidney failure?
  Causes of Kidney failure: see causes of Kidney failure
  Risk factors for Kidney failure: see risk factors for Kidney failure
What are the symptoms of Kidney failure?
  Symptoms of Kidney failure: see symptoms of Kidney failure
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Kidney failure: see treatments for Kidney failure
Society issues for Kidney failure

Cost statistics for Kidney failure: The following are statistics from various sources about costs and Kidney failure:

  • End-stage renal program cost $22.8 billion in public and private spending in the US 2001 (United States Renal Data System, 2003, NIDDK)

  Hospitalization statistics for Kidney failure: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Kidney failure:
  • 11,601 people were hospitalised for kidney failure in Australia 2001-02 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 44% of people hospitalised for kidney failure were women in Australia 2001-02 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 56% of people hospitalised for kidney failure were men in Australia 2001-02 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 7.7 days was the average length of stay in a hospital for kidney failure for men in Australia 2001-02 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 8.4 days was the average length of stay in a hospital for kidney failure for women in Australia 2001-02 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 0.65% (83,465) of hospital episodes were for renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 82% of hospital consultations for renal failure required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 57% of hospital episodes for renal failure were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 43% of hospital episodes for renal failure were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 26% of hospital admissions for renal failure required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 11.9 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 5 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 61 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 32% of hospitalisations for renal failure occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 32% of hospitalisations for renal failure occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 45% of hospitalisations for renal failure were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.68% (358,010) of hospital bed days were for renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.107% (13,708) of hospital consultant episodes were for acute renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 60% of hospital consultant episodes for acute renal failure required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 56% of hospital consultant episodes for acute renal failure were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 44% of hospital consultant episodes for acute renal failure were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 82% of hospital consultant episodes for acute renal failure required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 16.1 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for acute renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 10 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for acute renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 71 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for acute renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 17% of hospital consultant episodes for acute renal failure occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 51% of hospital consultant episodes for acute renal failure occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital consultant episodes for acute renal failure were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.26% (134,844) of hospital bed days were for acute renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.497% (63,413) of hospital consultant episodes were for chronic renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 88% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic renal failure required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 57% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic renal failure were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 43% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic renal failure were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 14% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic renal failure required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 10 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for chronic renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for chronic renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 59 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for chronic renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 36% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic renal failure occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 26% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic renal failure occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 58% of hospital consultant episodes for chronic renal failure were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.332% (174,169) of hospital bed days were for chronic renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.05% (6,346) of hospital consultant episodes were for unspecified renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 76% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified renal failure required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 56% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified renal failure were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 44% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified renal failure were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 59% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified renal failure required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 12.3 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for unspecified renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for unspecified renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 67 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for unspecified renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 22% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified renal failure occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified renal failure occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 10% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified renal failure were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.094% (49,138) of hospital bed days were for unspecified renal failure in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Kidney Failure Glossary: NIDDK

Last revision: May 30, 2003

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