It is estimated that between 8 and 10% of the global adult population has some form of kidney damage.  Early detection of kidney damage is critical.  If left undetected, chronic kidney disease can lead to kidney failure which means regular dialysis treatment or a kidney transplant is necessary for survival.

In this podcast episode, we will discuss who is at risk for chronic kidney disease, screening strategies, and ways to classify the level of impairment.  In addition, we’ll discuss a unifying approach for estimating glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) in the United States with the recommendations published by a task force established by the National Kidney Foundation and the American Society of Nephrology.

This educational podcast activity is brought to you by Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Inc., and is not certified for continuing medical education. Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. sponsors the program, and the speaker must present information following applicable FDA requirements.

About our Speaker:

Dr. Claudio Suarez

Regional Medical Director for Latin America Santiago, Chile

Dr. Claudio Suárez graduated from the University of Chile with a degree in Medicine and a specialty in Laboratory Medicine. His experience in the clinical laboratory at the University Hospital motivated him to get a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Systems at the University for Development in Chile. He is also Lean Certified by the University of Michigan.

Dr Suarez had leadership roles in different types of laboratories, public and private, being responsible for clinical chemistry and postanalytical departments. In the second half of his career, Dr Suarez extended his experience to the IVD industry, leading regional consultancy teams across Latin America for the design and implementation of lab solutions. He has been a regular speaker in different areas of laboratory medicine.  Currently, Dr Suarez is the Regional Medical Director for Latin America and a member of the Global Medical & Scientific Affairs team at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics. 

By listening to this podcast edition you will get the answers to:

  • What are the causes of chronic kidney disease (CKD)?
  • Who is at greatest risk for developing CKD?
  • What testing strategies are used to screen for CKD?
  • What problems were identified by the National Kidney Foundation and American Society of Nephrology (NKF-ASN) Task Force in how kidney disease was being diagnosed in the US?
  • What are the recommendations from the NKF-ASN task force?