Reviewer: Jon Webb, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This set of four large pocketcards provides a brief but informative glance at useful algorithms used for conditions commonly seen in the nephrology setting, including acute kidney injury, renal stones, and complications of chronic kidney disease.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview of clinical pearls useful in the inpatient nephrology setting.
Audience: The audience includes medical students, residents, nurse practitioners, and most providers managing patients in the inpatient setting.
Features: The cards review the causes of acute kidney injury, complications of chronic kidney disease, including dialysis patients, and important nephrology formulas. Specifically, management information includes differentiating prerenal, intrinsic, and postrenal azotemia. Also included are keys in identifying glomerular disorders, specifically differentiating nephritic and nephrotic syndromes. A useful breakdown of urinary stone types and acute management of nephrolithiasis is followed by management of complications of late stage chronic kidney disease, such as metabolic acidosis.
Assessment: These cards are well designed for use on the go, and would be particularly helpful for medical students or residents rotating on nephrology consult services. The images and tables have brilliant graphics, and the inclusion of a nephron would allow for greater teaching opportunities during rounds. More skilled and experienced providers would likely not find this set as helpful. In today's electronic era, it would be helpful to have this in an online application.