Kidney function tests

Kidney function tests (also called renal function tests) are blood tests used to check how well your kidneys are working.

For health professionals  

Knowing your patient's kidney function is essential for the management of many conditions and is an important prescribing consideration. Are you up to date with how and when to perform kidney function tests?

Quality use of medical tests means choosing the right test for the patient and using it at the right time. NPS MedicineWise has compiled some of the latest evidence on medical tests commonly used in primary care.

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25 Jun 2013 Some people should not take dabigatran due to bleeding risk or other safety reasons. Find out who should avoid dabigatran and why.
For health professionals (Medical test)
30 Jun 2012 Kidney function monitoring should be considered in patients using a medicine that can impair or adversely affect kidney function
For health professionals (Medical test)
30 Jun 2012 It is estimated that 10% of all adults presenting to a general practice in Australia have chronic kidney disease, and 80% have at least one risk factor
For health professionals (Medical test)
30 Jun 2012 Kidney Health Australia provide an algorithm to help GPs detect chronic kidney disease, and guide decisions about when to refer
For health professionals (Medical test)
30 Jun 2012 Metformin may accumulate in people with kidney disease increasing the risk of lactic acidosis, a rare but potentially fatal adverse drug reaction
For health professionals (Medical test)
30 Jun 2012 Kidney function can impact the safety and efficacy of treatment with many medicines. Which medicines are safer?
For health professionals (Medical test)
30 Jun 2012 Proxy markers of GFR can be used to measure kidney function or to guide dosing of medicines
For health professionals (Medical test)
30 Jun 2012 It is important to review renally excreted medications, as well as avoid medicines that can affect kidney function
For health professionals (Medical test)
30 Jun 2012 Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor and angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) therapy can be safely prescribed at all stages of kidney disease
For health professionals (Health professional publication)
01 Aug 2008 Information on the role of automatic eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate) reporting in screening for kidney disease and drug-dosing decisions