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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mony Fraer, MD, FACP, FASN (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: This is a completely revised, updated, and improved third edition of a book on all aspects of dialysis. It has new material on a multitude of topics in its 18 chapters, six of which address symptoms and complications of dialysis patients. The peritoneal dialysis chapter covers topics such as dialysis fluids, encapsulating peritoneal sclerosis, and assisted peritoneal dialysis. A chapter on the death of the dialysis patient discusses palliative care and use of analgesics, and withdrawal of dialysis. The section on drug prescribing incorporates updated drug dosing guidelines.
Purpose: This concise primer is designed as a bedside or office tool for busy practitioners who may want to quickly review certain topics or get immediate answers as well as an essential aid in the dialysis unit.
Audience: Nephrology trainees will benefit the most from this book, although it can be a quick reference for any practitioner involved with dialysis patients. Unlike other dialysis literature, this handbook will be a helpful and practical tool for kidney patients, too. Social workers may read the sections on psychosocial effects of dialysis, quality of life, compliance, employment, and rehabilitation of dialysis patients. Nursing staff can read about nursing issues in predialysis, peritoneal, and hemodialysis patients, and dietitians will find a section on nutrition in dialysis.
Features: The book covers some practical and important topics rarely discussed in books of this format, including dialysis in the elderly, surgery in dialysis patients, how to persuade a patient to start dialysis, care of the pregnant patient, managing diabetes, traveling, hemodiafiltration, intradialytic monitoring techniques, nocturnal hemodialysis, sleep disorders, immunoadsorption and plasmapheresis, and dialysis in acute kidney injury. The charts are good and summarize various aspects of dialysis (malfunctioning peritoneal catheters, dialyzer reactions, and initial peritoneal dialysis regimens). Also included are various standards and guidelines from different organizations and a list of renal websites.
Assessment: This book is written in the well-known style of the Oxford handbooks: one page per topic (and to the point), simple language, and bullet-point style. It presents dialysis and its related problems from a completely different angle than Handbook of Dialysis, 4th edition, Daugirdas et al. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007), or Pocket Companion to Brenner and Rector's The Kidney, 8th edition, Clarkson et al. (Elsevier, 2010). Although comprehensive in the number of topics that it covers, this book is rather brief in the presentation of the topics.