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The Importance of Implementing CKM and KSC in Kidney Health: Access Essential Understanding Through ISN Initiatives

The ISN endorses kidney supportive care (KSC) and conservative kidney management (CKM) as core components of integrated kidney care. To this end, the ISN aims to build global capacity for the skills and knowledge needed to implement sustainable CKM programs.

Explore the Kidney Supportive Care and Conservative Kidney Management Curriculum at the ISN Academy.

As the central aspect of CKM, the curriculum promotes KSC for advanced kidney disease. Available free of charge for all, the curriculum guides participants through CKM and KSC essentials, emphasizing practical care and a multidisciplinary approach.

The syllabus also addresses global challenges, including resource constraints, capacity building, and advocacy in low- and middle-income countries.

 Read the “Conservative Kidney Management and Kidney Supportive Care: Core Components of Integrated Care for People with Kidney Failure” paper recently published in Kidney International®.

The article is a deliverable of the ISN CKM/KSC Workgroup, formed as part of the Strategic Plan for Integrated Care of Patients With Kidney Failure.

Register for the WCN’24 pre-congress Conservative Kidney Management Course on Saturday, April 13, 2024.

Designed for nephrologists and associated healthcare providers, the course defines CKM and KSC, the rationale for their existence, and their importance within kidney care, integrating the new ISN curriculum, including:

  • Circumstances when a person with kidney failure may not receive kidney replacement therapy
  • Preserving residual kidney function
  • Managing metabolic complications of kidney failure
  • Symptom assessment and management
  • Communication skills
  • Transitioning to end-of-life care
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