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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: B. Peter E. Sawaya, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This book provides in-depth review of both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis access issues that include creation, use, monitoring, and management of access failure.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a complete, up-to-date discussion of dialysis access-related issues. Dialysis access failure and complications are major problems facing patients in the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program. In the U.S., dialysis access issues account for the majority of cost and morbidity for ESRD patients. This book provides a comprehensive central source of information on dialysis vascular and peritoneal access. It includes in-depth review of the data supporting current access management practices. The objectives are fully met by the authors.
Audience: The book is written primarily for nephrologists, vascular surgeons, and their respective trainees. It can also be used as a reference source for the numerous health professionals involved in vascular access management at all levels of expertise. Over 60 authors, all experts in their field, contributed to this book.
Features: This book covers the physiology, creation, monitoring, and management of dysfunctional and failed accesses. The authors have done an extensive review of the literature and have created an excellent evidence-based reference book on dialysis access. The figures are of high quality and are an equal mix of charts, graphs, pictures, and actual angiograms. This helps the reader gain an understanding of some complicated concepts. A unique and excellent part of the book is designated for current innovative concepts.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. It is rather comprehensive and has great clinical applicability. It is written in a superb and easy-flowing fashion. It is a must book to have for all clinicians caring for dialysis patients. It should also be made available as a reference in the dialysis units. To my knowledge, this is a unique book solely devoted to dialysis access.