UK audit of glomerular filtration rate measurement from plasma sampling in 2013

Murray, Anthony W., Lawson, Richard S., Cade, Sarah C., Hall, David O., Kenny, Bob, O’Shaughnessy, Emma, Taylor, Jon, Towey, David, White, Duncan and Carson, Kathryn (2014) UK audit of glomerular filtration rate measurement from plasma sampling in 2013. Nuclear Medicine Communications, 35 (11). pp. 1096-1106.

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Introduction: An audit was carried out into UK glomerular filtration rate (GFR) calculation. The results were compared with an identical 2001 audit.

Methods: Participants used their routine method to calculate GFR for 20 data sets (four plasma samples) in millilitres per minute and also the GFR normalized for body surface area. Some unsound data sets were included to analyse the applied quality control (QC) methods. Variability between centres was assessed for each data set, compared with the national median and a reference value calculated using the method recommended in the British Nuclear Medicine Society guidelines. The influence of the number of samples on variability was studied. Supplementary data were requested on workload and methodology.

Results: The 59 returns showed widespread standardization. The applied early exponential clearance correction was the main contributor to the observed variability. These corrections were applied by 97% of centres (50% – 2001) with 80% using the recommended averaged Brochner-Mortenson correction. Approximately 75% applied the recommended Haycock body surface area formula for adults (78% for children). The effect of the number of samples used was not significant. There was wide variability in the applied QC techniques, especially in terms of the use of the volume of distribution.

Conclusion: The widespread adoption of the guidelines has harmonized national GFR calculation compared with the previous audit. Further standardization could further reduce variability. This audit has highlighted the need to address the national standardization of QC methods. Radionuclide techniques are confirmed as the preferred method for GFR measurement when an unequivocal result is required.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Nuclear Medicine Communications
Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins for British Nuclear Medicine Society
ISSN: 1473-5628
Departments: Academic Departments > Medical & Sport Sciences (MSS) > Health and Medical Sciences
Additional Information: Anthony Murray, Senior Lecturer in Medical Imaging, University of Cumbria, UK, 2013-15.
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2015 15:42
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 13:16


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