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Physician Publishes Research Paper on Kidney Health

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 10:06 am

TAVARES, Fla., October 1, 2019 – Dr. Lou Guzzi, critical care physician at Ad-ventHealth Waterman, was the lead author in a paper published in “Critical Care Medicine.”The paper looked at a new and fascinating way of determining kidney failure risks in ICU patients.

Guzzi and his colleagues examined how the first FDA-approved biomarker test to assess risk for acute kidney injury is currently be-ing used clinically.

Guzzi and the team invit-ed a group of kidney experts to a panel discussion on the biomarker test. Specifically, the experts worked to iden-tify which patients would be appropriate for testing, how the results should be inter-preted, and what actions would be taken based on the results.

The results from the pan-el discussion showed that clinical experts in Europe and North America have developed similar practices for using the biomarker test. Patients undergoing ma-jor surgery or patients with sepsis, as well as patients who are in crisis, tend to be a priority for testing kidney stress. For these patients who tested positive, man-aging fluids and drugs that are potentially toxic to the kidneys are a priority. Con-versely, patients who tested negative were considered candidates for “fast-track” protocols.

Guzzi’s technique has been dubbed the “Water-man Protocol” and he has already given multiple lec-tures on this both in the U.S. and Europe.

About AdventHealth Waterman

AdventHealth Waterman in Tavares has 287-beds and is one of the six hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the AdventHealth Central Flori-da Division – North Region. Formerly known as Florida Hospital Waterman, the or-ganization’s parent com-pany changed the name of all wholly-owned entities to AdventHealth on Jan. 2, 2019. Based in Altamonte Springs, AdventHealth is a connected system of care. With more than 80,000 team members, Advent-Health is one of the nation’s largest faith-based health care systems with nearly 50 hospitals and hundreds of care sites in nearly a dozen states. AdventHealth Water-man is located in the heart of Lake County and was founded in 1938 by Frank Waterman. With the mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, Advent-Health Waterman provides whole person care to heal the body, mind and spirit. For more information about AdventHealth Waterman, visit