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Physician Publishes Research Paper on Kidney Health

Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 11:15 am

Dr. Lou Guzzi, critical care physician at AdventHealth 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.

Dr. Lou Guzzi, optical care physician at AdventHealth Waterman

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

Guzzi and the team invited a group of kidney experts to a panel discussion on the biomarker test. Specifically, the experts worked to identify which patients would be appropriate for testing, how the results should be interpreted, and what actions would be taken based on the results.

The results from the panel discussion showed that clinical experts in Europe and North America have developed similar practices for using the biomarker test. Patients undergoing major 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, managing fluids and drugs that are potentially toxic to the kidneys are a priority. Conversely, patients who tested negative were considered candidates for “fast-track” protocols.

Guzzi’s technique has been dubbed the “Waterman Protocol” and he has already given multiple lectures 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 Florida Division – North Region. Formerly known as Florida Hospital Waterman, the organization’s parent company 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, AdventHealth 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 Waterman 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, AdventHealth Waterman provides whole person care to heal the body, mind and spirit. For more information about AdventHealth Waterman, visit http:// AdventHealthWaterman. com.