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  • The Kidney Learning System (KLS) provides comprehensive education along the continuum of chronic kidney disease. KLS was developed to work in tandem with the K/DOQI: Clinical Practice Guidelines.

    NKF’s Kidney Learning System Offers Professionals CKD Tools

    The National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Learning System (KLS) is a comprehensive approach to providing education along the CKD continuum of care.

    Because what professionals and patients need to know about CKD is different depending on the stage of CKD, KLS materials are consistent with the medical classification of CKD:

    ⦁    At increased risk (having risk factors for CKD, i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, family history of CKD)
    ⦁    Stage 1.  Kidney damage with normal GFR (> 90)
    ⦁    Stage 2.  Kidney damage with mild decrease in GFR (60-89)
    ⦁    Stage 3.  Moderate decrease in GFR (30-59)
    ⦁    Stage 4.  Severe decrease in GFR (15-29)
    ⦁    Stage 5.  Kidney Failure (GFR <15)

    KLS addresses educational needs of physicians, nurses, and health care professionals in other disciplines, as well as educational needs of CKD patients and those at increased risk for CKD.

    KLS products include printed materials (books, monographs), interactive online tools, multi-media programs in various formats (CD-ROM, video, teleconference, Web-based), and live seminars.  Products are routinely updated to incorporate new science.

    KLS resources include:

    ⦁    Posting of all the K/DOQI guidelines online on
    www.kdoqi.org with links to references/abstracts.  Guidelines such as evaluation, classification and stratification of CKD, managing dyslipidemias in CKD, management of anemia of CKD and managing bone and mineral metabolism in CKD have implications for the primary care physician.
    ⦁    All K/DOQI guidelines on CD-ROM and in a Caddy.  The caddy contains multiple printed resources related to a particular set of guidelines.
    ⦁    CKD Speaker’s Guides for CKD in adults and for CKD in children and adolescents.  Each contains slides and scripted speaker notes to facilitate presentations to a professional audience
    ⦁    GFR Calculators for adult and pediatric evaluation accessible at www.nkfkls.org
    ⦁    CKD Clinical Action Plans which allow a clinician to enter patient data to formulate a clinical action plan based on presence or absence of kidney damage, GFR, and presence or absence of high blood pressure or diabetes.
    Available at www.nkfkls.org
    ⦁    PDA and Pocket PC software for the CKD Clinical Action Plans.  Can be downloaded at www.nkfkls.org

    Visit www.nkfkls.org or call 800.622.9010 x115 for more information about KLS and/or KLS programming.

    Also add: For more information about KDOQ visit: http://www2.kidney.org/professionals/KDOQI/guidelines_ckd/toc.htm