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<< Acute Kidney Injury in Pediatric Patients: Diagnosis and Management in the Emergency Department (Pharmacology CME)

Prehospital Care

When decreased systemic perfusion is suspected based on initial vital signs and physical examination findings, particularly in the setting of hypotension, intravenous (IV) access should be obtained and IV isotonic fluids should be given before arrival to the hospital. Tachycardia or hypotension may be an important first clue that kidney injury has occurred. A thorough medical history and list of medication exposures should also be obtained to identify other potential risk factors for AKI.

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