Kidney Function Test - How to understand your renal labs

2022-02-23

Episode 237: Kidney Function Test - How to understand your renal labs and blood test. If you have kidney disease, you know that it can come with quite a barrage of kidney function test and lab work. All these numbers and tests can be intimidating! Dr. Gibney is here to help make understanding labs and kidney function test easier by discussing:
- Should you be worried about your lab results?
- What lab tests detect kidney disease?
- How often do you need lab work?
- What do all the numbers mean?
- What kind of data can you collect at home?

You will also have a better understanding of many common kidney function test terms such as Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), Serum Creatinine, Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR), and Creatinine Clearance.

Kidney disease may be SILENT, but lab work reveals a wealth of valuable information to help you and your doctors understand what’s going on inside your body. When your numbers are good, you’ll feel better today, and you’ll increase your chances of staying healthy in the future.

👉 Learn more by reading "Understanding your Kidney Lab Work" at https://empoweredkidneycare.org/blog/understanding-your-kidney-lab-work/

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At Empowered Kidney Care we believe the right medications and patient empowerment are the keys to preserving kidney function. Historically, patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) often don’t get proper treatment until it’s too late, but now Dr. Richard Gibney and his team at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio are flipping traditional nephrology on its head by moving “upstream.”

After an initial period of data gathering of six months, the results spoke for themselves. “In six months, we haven’t put a single CKD patient on dialysis, and that’s a radical departure of what we’ve done before,” reported Dr. Gibney.

As time goes on and more data is collected, this empowered kidney care model continues to gain traction. After an additional four months of data collection, we now have ten months of results from March 1 through December 31, 2021.

Dr. Richard Gibney's story:
EKC Founder Dr. Richard Gibney has been in the kidney care industry for over four decades, and in 2016 he won The American Association of Kidney Patients Medal of Excellence Award.

For most of his career, Dr. Gibney simply didn’t know that there were alternatives to the status quo. His dialysis units were all better than average, but he began to wonder… what if good enough simply isn’t good enough? He genuinely cared about all of his patients and staff, and he realized that the system was letting them all down.

In 2006, a partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) inspired him to innovate. Years later, his eyes were further opened by a visit from two healthcare professionals from an acclaimed dialysis program in Jonkoping, Sweden.

In 2014, he led the successful transformation of 11 dialysis units in central Texas to an empowered model, serving over 500 patients with exceptional results.

Today, Dr. Gibney and his specialized team of doctors, nurses, and technicians have shifted their focus "upstream" to successfully preserve kidney function for patients with CKD.

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