Oxford Handbook of Dialysisby Jeremy Levy, Edwina Brown, Julie Morgan
The handbook is a compact but clear and comprehensive guide to all aspects of dialysis, from preparing patients for dialysis, details of both haemo- and peritoneal dialysis, continuous haemofiltration techniques and complications of end stage renal disease. The book is aimed primarily at trainee nephrologists and renal nurses, but will be of relevance, use and interest to all other health care workers involved with patients with end stage renal disease - pharmacists, dieticians, intensivists, and even medical students! The book has been arranged in sections covering new patients with end-stage renal failure (pre-dialysis), haemodialysis, nursing haemodialysis patients, peritoneal dialysis, nursing peritoneal dialysis patients, nutrition on dialysis, special situations, complications of dialysis, death in dialysis patients, drug use and dosing in renal failure and a summary of the US DOQI and UK Renal Association standards documents. Each section is subdivided so that individual topics appear on single pages where possible. The book is patient centred, practical, and thus didactic.
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.
Meet the Author
Jeremy Levy, Consultant Nephrologist and Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London. UK,Edwina Brown, Consultant Nephrologist and Honorary Professor of Renal Medicine, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK,Anastasia Lawrence, Senior Renal Lecturer Practitioner and Honorary Senior Lecturer, mperial College Healthcare NHS Trust & Buckinghamshire New University, UK
Jeremy Levy is a Consultant Nephrologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Imperial College London, Director of Education and Quality for Health Education NW London and Chair of the UK Renal Association education and training committee. He trained in Nephrology in Cambridge, London and Oxford and has a major clinical interest in immune mediated renal disease (especially glomerulonephritis, vasculitis and SLE), HIV and kidney disease, chronic kidney disease and dialysis, and in teaching and education.
Edwina Brown is a Consultant Nephrologist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Honorary Professor of Renal Medicine at Imperial College London and Vice-President (Education) of the British Renal Society. She trained in Nephrology at Yale (USA) and Charing Cross Hospital, London. Her clinical and research interests focus on the needs of older patients with advanced kidney disease, peritoneal dialysis and end of life care. She organises regular educational meetings on peritoneal dialysis and renal supportive care.
Anastasia Lawrence is a Senior Renal Lecturer Practitioner at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Bucks New University. She trained at Hammersmith & Queen Charlotte School of Nursing, London. She did her BSc (Hons) Renal Nursing at City University and Masters in Education at Thames Valley University, London. Her special interests are in acute kidney injury, transplantation, diabetes and kidney disease, and in teaching and education.
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