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Patient Education Resources for Primary Care, Nephrology and Urology

Share our educational posters digitally for free and if you purchase hardcopies, wall art, or the related accessories like mugs, totes, shirts and other apparel etc., the proceeds help fund our mission which includes increasing awareness of kidney disease, improving patient outcomes, and improving population health!

Our education resources help increase awareness of kidney disease in a simple and easy-to-understand way with bite-size amounts of information which stimulates thoughts and concern in patients and any reader through the use of emojis and short phrases as many patient and their family members do not have access to materials and sometimes others do not have the time to read lengthy materials.

Our posters use emojis superimposed on emojis until the Unicode Consortium finally approves kidney emojis! Our prior proposal to the unicode consortium (in 2021) for kidney emojis was not triumphant and we are hoping to resubmit the proposal in 2023.

Cheers to Kidney Health Education

Patient Education Resources for Primary Care, Nephrology and Urology Practices

Patient education is very important because empowering individuals with information which enhances insight improves the probability of meaningful, sustainable change and improved patient outcomes.

Modernization of life and the advances in information technology enable us to disseminate helpful information to our patients through social media: a true catalyst for change regarding healthy behavior.

In these challenging period of life with COVID19, economic hardship, limited time and variations in health literacy: Patients may not have the liberty of time and resources to read lengthy health education material.

We have decided to meet patients where they are with eye catching, short messages through visual or audiovisual media.

We have partnered with Happy Ingenuity Solutions to create short, succinct posters which serve as visual aides! Feel free to share these with your patients on social media for FREE. You may also purchase posters or prints for your clinic from Happy Ingenuity.

Scared Kidneys of a Diabetic1

“Scared Kidneys of a Diabetic1” is a photograph of kidney beans representative of kidneys in a woman who has severely uncontrolled diabetes. It is superimposed on a background of a digitally modified photograph of the sky. The work is further digitally modified to ascribe mood and emotions to the kidneys and an imagination of their words if they could speak. In this scenario the work depicts where the kidneys are exposed to severely uncontrolled diabetes and they are therefore quite worried as they now consequently have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and if the woman does not work to improve control of her diabetes, the CKD will worsen and her kidneys will fail permanently.

Permanent failure is referred to as End Stage Renal Disease aka End Stage Kidney Disease (ESRD aka ESKD). Diabetes is the leading cause of Kidney failure in the United States. Diabetes is common in the US affecting 10.5% of the population (more than 34 million people) and another 34.5% (88 million) persons over 18 years old have Prediabetes which can lead to diabetes if not successfully treated. Prevention is indeed better than cure.

Produced in collaboration with The Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC team in “the kidney dialogue” series. It was produced for education and entertainment. Always talk to your doctor.

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Kidneys and the COVID19 pandemic 1

“Kidneys and the COVID19 pandemic 1” is a photograph of kidney beans simulating kidneys. It is labeled with dialogue and expressions to represent the thoughts and feelings of the kidneys caused by the COVID19 pandemic considering infection carries a risk of kidney injury: Acute Kidney Injury (AKI). Unfortunately many patients diagnosed with AKI during a COVID 19 infection never recover their kidney function and therefore need lifelong dialysis. Some patients who recover from AKI later develop Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) with a future risk of complete Kidney Failure.

In this artwork, the kidneys remind us that these unfavorable, long term renal effects collectively constitute a very good reason to wear a mask and get vaccinated.

Produced in collaboration with The Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC team in “the kidney dialogue” series. It was produced for education and entertainment. Always talk to your doctor.

Diabetic Kidneys3

“Diabetic Kidneys3” is a photograph of kidney beans representative of kidneys in someone who has diabetes on a background photograph of the sky. The work is digitally modified to ascribe mood and emotions to the kidneys in the scenario to depict where they are exposed to uncontrolled diabetes and they are therefore quite worried as they will likely develop proteinuria and chronic kidney disease (CKD) if the person does not work to improve control of their diabetes. Without control, the risk and probability of kidney disease both worsen.

Diabetes is the leading cause of Kidney failure: End Stage Renal Disease aka End Stage Kidney Disease (ESRD aka ESKD) in the US. Diabetes is common in the US affecting 10.5% of the population (over 34 million people) and another 34.5% (88 million people) have Prediabetes which can lead to diabetes if not treated. Prevention is the word!

This was produced in collaboration with The Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC team in “the kidney dialogue” series. Always talk to your doctor.

DIABETIC KIDNEYS

“Diabetic Kidneys” is a photograph of kidney beans representative of kidneys in someone who has diabetes on an original background photograph of illuminated origami . It is artwork representative of kidneys in someone who has diabetes. The work is digitally modified to ascribe mood and emotions to the kidneys in the scenario to depict where they are exposed to uncontrolled diabetes with a Hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7% and they are therefore quite worried as they will likely develop proteinuria and chronic kidney disease (CKD) if the person does not work to improve control of their diabetes. Without control, the risk and probability of kidney disease both worsen.

Diabetes is the leading cause of Kidney failure: End Stage Renal Disease aka End Stage Kidney Disease (ESRD aka ESKD) in the US. Diabetes is common in the US affecting 10.5% of the population (over 34 million people) and another 34.5% (88 million people) have Prediabetes which can lead to diabetes if not treated. Prevention is the word!

This was produced in collaboration with The Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC team in “the kidney dialogue” series. Always talk to your doctor.

Kidneys on high dose Ibuprofen 1B

“Kidneys on high dose Ibuprofen 1B” is artwork comprised of a photograph of kidney beans simulating kidneys on a plain background. It is labeled with expressions to represent the cautious, worried thoughts and sickness of the kidneys caused by the non steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication ibuprofen and the risk of kidney injury: including Acute Kidney Injury (AKI).

The kidneys remind us to be cautious and know that taking larger doses of ibuprofen or taking them for an extended period of time can be very harmful to the health: this harm includes kidney disease, elevated blood pressure, stomach irritation, bleeding of the stomach, increased risk of heart attack and increased risk of stroke. Other members of the NSAID family are naproxen, diclofenac, ketorolac, celecoxib, meloxicam and others.

This poster is not medical advice. It was produced for education and entertainment. Always talk to your doctor. This was produced in collaboration with The Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC team in “the kidney dialogue” series. It was produced for education and entertainment.

Kidneys missing their hypertension meds 2B

“Kidneys missing their hypertension meds 2B“ is a photograph of kidney beans simulating kidneys on a background photograph of darkfield illuminated Origami. It is labeled with dialogue and expressions to represent the fear kidneys feel when compliance with hypertension medication is poor.  Poor compliance with medication results in the blood pressure being persistently high which causes damage to the kidneys. Hypertension is the second leading cause of kidney failure (End Stage Renal Disease: [ESRD]) in the US.

This was produced in collaboration with The Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC team in “the kidney dialogue” series. This poster is not medical advice. It was produced for education and entertainment. Always talk to your doctor.

Scared Kidneys of a Diabetic2

“Scared Kidneys of a Diabetic2” is a photograph of kidney beans representative of kidneys on an original background a photograph of the sky. It is artwork representative of kidneys in a man who has severely uncontrolled diabetes. The work is digitally modified to ascribe mood and emotions to the kidneys in the scenario to depict the nature of their response to the severity of uncontrolled diabetes with a Hemoglobin A1c level greater than 10% and they are therefore very worried as they have developed chronic kidney disease (CKD). Without control, the risk of worsening kidney function.

Diabetes is the leading cause of Kidney failure: End Stage Renal Disease aka End Stage Kidney Disease (ESRD aka ESKD) in the US. Diabetes is common in the US affecting 10.5% of the population (over 34 million people) and another 34.5% (88 million people) have Prediabetes which can lead to diabetes if not treated. Prevention is the word!

This was produced in collaboration with The Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC team in “the kidney dialogue” series. This poster is not medical advice. It was produced for education and entertainment. Always talk to your doctor.

Kidneys on Ibuprofen 1B

“Kidneys on Ibuprofen 1B” is artwork comprised of a photograph of kidney beans simulating kidneys on a plain background. It is labeled with expressions to represent the cautious, worried thoughts and sickness of the kidneys caused by use of the non steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication ibuprofen and the risk of kidney injury: including Acute Kidney Injury (AKI).

The kidneys remind us to be cautious and know that taking ibuprofen especially in larger doses or taking them for an extended period of time can be very harmful to the health: this harm includes kidney disease, elevated blood pressure, stomach irritation, bleeding of the stomach, increased risk of heart attack and increased risk of stroke. Other members of the NSAID family are naproxen, diclofenac, ketorolac, celecoxib, meloxicam and others.

This poster is not medical advice. It was produced for education and entertainment. Always talk to your doctor. This was produced in collaboration with The Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC team in “the kidney dialogue” series. This poster is not medical advice. It was produced for education and entertainment. Always talk to your doctor.

Your Kidneys Happy 7

“Your Kidneys Happy 7” is a work of art depicting happy, smiling, elated kidneys on vegetarian diet: It is accentuated by a phrase communicating health education: “A vegetarian diet has been proven to slow progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and also decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease” (Reference: the National kidney foundation https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/plant-based ).

This poster is not medical advice: it was produced for education and entertainment. Always talk to your doctor. This was produced in collaboration with The Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC team in “the kidney dialogue” series.

Your Kidneys Happy 6

“Your Kidneys Happy 6” is artwork comprised of a photograph of kidney beans representing kidneys.  They are digitally decorated to depict the happiness of the kidneys due to a vegetarian diet: it shows kidneys smiling and elated.

It is accentuated by a border comprised of the word “happy” written in Morse code.  It is also accentuated by a phrase of health education: “A vegetarian diet has been proven to slow progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and also decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease” (Reference: the National kidney foundation https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/plant-based ). This poster is not medical advice. It was produced for education and entertainment. Always talk to your doctor.

This was produced in collaboration with The Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC team in “the kidney dialogue” series.

KIDNEY STONES 1B

“Kidney Stones1B” is a work of photography accentuated to create comic relief and education. It depicts the kidneys expressing their thirst for water and disdain for salt because they are plagued by the potentially (& excruciatingly) painful condition of kidney stones. The formation of kidney stones is encouraged by low urine volume (<2L) and high salt intake. The urine output goal of people with kidney stones is >2.0-2.5L daily which can be achieved by increasing water intake. This poster is not medical advice. It was produced for education and entertainment. Always talk to your doctor. This was produced in association with The Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC team.

FOAMY

“Foamy” is a work of photography accentuated by digital elements and educational poetry regarding kidney health. It explains the appearance of the urine that results from excessive amounts of protein being in the urine: a soapy appearance or that excessive numbers of bubbles similar to the fluffy, foamy top or “head” of a glass of beer. Proteinuria connotes the presence of kidney disease but also an independent cardiovascular risk It was produced in collaboration with the Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC team. This poster is not medical advice. It was produced for education and entertainment. Always talk to your doctor.

NOT FINE

Hematuria versus Rhabdomyolysis Poster

“Not fine” is a work of photography of kidney beans representing kidneys: it is accentuated by digital elements and educational poetry regarding kidney health. It educates by explaining the necessity of seeing a doctor if one’s urine looks red or brown as these appearances are likely due to either blood in the urine or elements of broken-down muscles components in the urine: all of which signify a potential threat to the health of the kidneys. It was produced in collaboration with the Happy Ingenuity Solutions team. It is available as wall art, posters, greeting cards, stickers and more.

Love letter from kidneys Re: oxalate stones

“Love letter from kidneys Re oxalate stones” is art comprised of a photograph of kidney beans representative of kidneys in a person with kidney stones. That photograph is arranged next to darkfield illumination photography of Tessellation origami on the left representing calcium oxalate dihydrate crystals and on the right: digitally reshaped darkfield illumination origami photography representing calcium oxalate monohydrate crystals which are dumbbell shaped.

The work is digitally modified to ascribe mood and emotions to the kidneys. In this story the right kidney is a bit hurt because that kidney is suffering from obstruction due to calcium oxalate stones. The left kidney is not yet obstructed and is hugging, encouraging and cheering the person’s brain and heart on to make the right dietary choices listed below the photos. The correct dietary choices will help to prevent both further crystal formation and stone formation.

The entire work is projected on a background of faded illumination Photography of Origami digitally modified to assume the appearance of a hydronephrotic kidney (a swelling of the kidney due to an obstruction of urine flow) which is one of the most feared complications of nephrolithiasis (the medical term for kidney stones). It reminds one to seek water and citrus fruits which help to discourage kidney stones made of oxalate. The safe amount of water to be consumed is dependent upon the individual patient’s kidney function and should be determined by their Doctor who has knowledge of their lab results. The recommended daily urine output to help deter stone formation is greater than or equal to 2.5 liters: a goal which can be achieved by increasing water consumption/intake.

Produced in collaboration with The Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC team in “the kidney dialogue” series. It was produced for the purpose of education and entertainment. Always talk to your doctor.

ADVANCED CKD AND FOOD 2

“Advanced CKD and food 2” is a work of darkfield illumination Origami photography (inspired by urine microscopy) digitally reshaped into a kidney and overlaid on a multicolored background in a faded fashion. Superimposed on that work is photography of kidney beans representing kidneys and digital depictions of the colorful emotions of the patient’s nephrologist and the patient’s heart. The kidneys are digitally decorated to depict their emotions when a patient with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) includes some foods that contain high levels of potassium whilst being unaware of the said high potassium content. The list exemplifies many of the foods with high potassium content but is not a complete list. Items on the list that contain an exceptionally high potassium level are marked with skulls signifying the more imminent danger of consuming those particular agents in advanced CKD.

Consuming high levels of potassium is dangerous in people with a diagnosis of advanced CKD considering that the recommended daily intake is limited to 2000mg distributed over a 24 hour period. The percentage recommended daily allowance seen on the nutrition facts sections of foods cannot be used for patients with advanced chronic kidney disease because those percentages are a reflection of a much higher daily intake that is allowed in people without chronic kidney disease (up to 4,000mg). For patients with advanced chronic kidney disease, consuming foods rich in potassium can induce severe hyperkalemia (High potassium levels in the blood) which can cause a life threatening abnormality with the heart rhythm (called a cardiac arrhythmia). In the United States approximately 2 in 5 adult patients with advanced CKD are not aware of their diagnosis.

This work was produced in collaboration with The Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC team as a part of “the kidney dialogue” series. Always talk to your doctor.

Advanced CKD and food 1

“Advanced CKD and food 1” is a work of photography of the sky at sunset, magnified. On that photograph there is superimposed photography of kidney beans representing kidneys. The kidneys are digitally decorated to depict their emotions when a person with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) develops a liking for coconut water whilst unaware of the exceptionally high potassium content of 1958mg per 1 liter.  The magnitude of that potassium content in coconut water can be dangerous considering that the recommended daily intake in advanced CKD is limited to 2000mg spread over a 24 hour period.

Consuming foods rich in potassium can induce a very high blood potassium level called severe hyperkalemia which can cause a life-threatening abnormality of the heart rhythm (a cardiac arrhythmia). The work is additionally decorated digitally with the colorful emotions of the patient’s nephrologist and the patient’s heart: the nephrologist is shocked and worried because the patient is in grave danger and will possibly end up in the emergency room while the heart is tearful and worried as it is at risk of stopping.

Coconut water has become quite popular as an electrolyte-rich drink with health benefits including balanced hydration.  Coconut water has therefore become readily available internationally in supermarkets and other stores. Approximately 37 million Americans have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Approximately 90% of these Americans do not know they have CKD. Approximately 40% of Americans with advanced (severe) CKD do not know of their diagnosis.  This latter group is the group at risk of harm if potassium rich foods are consumed.

This art was produced in collaboration with The Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC team in “the kidney dialogue” series. This poster is not medical advice. It was produced for the purpose of education and entertainment. Always talk to your doctor.

Kidneys on herbals 1

“Kidneys on herbals 1” is a photograph of kidney beans simulating the kidneys. It is labeled with dialogue and expressions to represent how the kidneys feel and their thoughts when herbal supplements are being used.

Herbal supplements or herbal medications can damage kidneys, the liver or both. They are not FDA regulated and the concentrations of medicine they contain may vary. More information at kidney.org at https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/herbalsupp

This artwork is not medical advice. It was produced for education and entertainment. Always talk to your doctor. It was produced in collaboration with The Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC  team in “the kidney dialogue” series.

Kidneys and the COVID19 Delta

“Kidneys and the COVID19 Delta” is a photograph of kidney beans simulating kidneys projected on a background of a photograph of the sky with streaks of clouds representing the significance of the air during the COVID19 Pandemic.

It is labeled with dialogue and emoji expressions to represent the thoughts and feelings of Kidneys during the COVID19 pandemic considering that COVID19 infection is accompanied by the risk of kidney injury (kidney damage) called: Acute Kidney Injury (AKI).

Unfortunately some patients who suffer from AKI do not recover their full kidney function and some need lifelong dialysis to survive. Some patients who recover from AKI later develop Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) with a future risk of complete Kidney Failure.

The new delta variant which originated in India, is more contagious and portends a greater risk of severe illness and hospitalization according to a study in the Lancet.

The kidneys in this artwork remind us that the problematic nature of the Delta Variant of COVID19 is a very good reason to mask up and get vaccinated.

This work was produced in collaboration with The Happy Ingenuity Solutions LLC team  in “the kidney dialogue” series. This poster is not medical advice. It was produced for the purpose of education and entertainment. Always talk to your doctor.