Principles and Practice of Dialysis / Edition 4

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This book is an evidence-based review of the practical challenges of dealing with patients receiving dialysis. The first section covers technical and procedural considerations such as choosing the hemodialysis membrane and choosing the best dialysis option. The second section covers clinical considerations such as infection and the treatment of specific renal disease complications. The book includes numerous illustrations and tables and drug charts for dialysis patients.

This edition's current outcomes chapter has been expanded to include patient depression and improving quality of care. New chapters cover dialysis in the ICU, valvular heart disease, and pre-emptive renal transplantation.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Mony Fraer, MD, FACP, FASN (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a well-known, comprehensive update of the procedural, theoretical, and clinical aspects of dialysis therapy. Over the span of 40 chapters, with a total of 710 pages, the book covers most aspects related to the evaluation and management of dialysis patients. The information is clinically oriented and the book has kept the same format as the previous edition.
Purpose: As the title states, the intent is to cover the principles and practice of dialysis, while maintaining a balance between clarity, scholarship, and practicality. For example, out of the many good chapters, I liked in particular the ones on choosing the best dialysis options for patients with end-stage kidney disease (where peritoneal and hemodialysis are compared) or for patients with acute renal failure. This differentiates it from other books on dialysis. It is fairly inclusive, but not overly detailed compared to Clinical Dialysis, 4th edition, Nissenson and Fine (McGraw-Hill, 2005). Also, although the clinical decision making process is discussed, it's purpose is not to offer bedside, immediate answers, like Oxford Handbook of Dialysis, 3rd edition (Oxford University Press, 2009), or Handbook of Dialysis Therapy, 4th edition, Nissenson and Fine (Elsevier, 2008). Neither is it as technical as the Handbook of Dialysis, 4th edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007), Daugirdas et al.
Audience: This is a valuable educational tool and desk reference for nephrologists, nephrology trainees, and dialysis staff. It can be used both by academicians and practicing clinicians. Of the more than 70 international contributors, some who are well known experts in the field, there are also specialists in neurology, clinical nutrition, ethics, pediatrics, and infectious diseases, as well as pharmacists.
Features: The black-and-white diagrams, drug charts, and tables are well executed and easy to follow, although the book would have benefited from more figures. The 15-page subject index is comprehensive and the reference lists are updated. A few standalone chapters have been eliminated and those topics included in other chapters (beta-2-microglobulin-associated amyloidosis of end-stage renal disease and recirculation in the hemodialysis access). Another chapter that was eliminated was on acquired cystic kidney disease in dialysis patients. Some of the important topics that were preserved from the previous edition include outcomes, quality of life, rehabilitation, and preparation for transplantation. The care of acute and chronic patients, children (two chapters), and the elderly, as well as peritoneal dialysis (three chapters) and hemodialysis patients are highlighted.
Assessment: This is a well-written and easy to read evidence-based review. For future editions, the editor should consider changing the order of a few chapters that seem to be out of sequence: infections in peritoneal dialysis patients, dialytic therapy for renal failure in diabetics, oxidative stress, and inflammation and immune dysfunction. Also, it may be worthwhile to add a few topics like peritoneal membrane physiology and access devices as well as complications during dialysis.
David J. Leehey
This is a new book covering technical and clinical aspects of the care of dialysis patients. It is intended to be a full-length yet practical book designed to answer questions arising in the care of dialysis patients. It is divided into two sections: technical aspects of dialysis therapy, and clinical evaluation of dialysis patients. Topic coverage is fairly inclusive, but there are several omissions. Specifically, there is little discussion of indications for dialysis, and no focused discussion of technical issues such as anticoagulation and reuse. Peritoneal dialysis, especially peritoneal access, is not covered in sufficient depth. Some clinical aspects (e.g., endocrine abnormalities) are not covered. This book is aimed at clinical nephrologists and fellows and other physicians with an interest in nephrology, and the contributors are generally well known in their fields. The illustrations and tables are very good. The references are in general good, although a bit outdated (1992 and before). This is a well-written and very attractive book that has information of interest to clinical nephrologists. There are many excellent chapters, but also some omissions that limit its usefulness as a comprehensive reference in the dialysis field.
A comprehensive reference-text, providing dialysis practitioners, trainees, and students with current information about the most pressing issues confronting the practice of dialysis today. The volume is divided into two main sections. The first is devoted to technical and procedural considerations in dialytic therapy, and the second provides an approach to many of the common clinical disturbances present in dialysis patients. The emphasis throughout is on providing practical information and a reasonable approach to the clinical problems dialysis practice routinely presents. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781781633
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Edition description: Fourth
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Choice of the Hemodialysis Membrane
Alfred Cheung, Richard A. Ward, and Leslie Yazel

Reuse of Hemodialysis in Chronic Dialysis Therapy
Paul D. Light

Dialysate Composition in Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis
Biff F. Palmer

Hemodialysis Vascular Access
Steven J. Schwab

Anticoagulation Strategies During Hemodialysis Procedures
William Dahms

Approach to Hemodialysis Kinetic Modeling
Thomas A. Depner

Choosing the Best Dialysis Option in the 2007 Patient with End Stage Kidney Disease
Rochelle Cunningham

Hemodialysis Adequacy and the Timing of Dialysis Initiation
Jay Barry Wish

High-flux, High-efficiency Procedures
Thomas A. Golper and Allan J. Collins

Longer Time Dialysis: Nocturnal
Andreas Pierratos

Prescribing Drugs for Dialysis Patients
William Bennett

Continuous Dialysis Therapeutic Techniques
Ravindra L. Mehta

Choosing the Best Dialysis Option in Patients with Acute Renal Failure and in the ICU
Andrew E. Briglia

Adequacy of Peritoneal Dialysis
John M. Burkart

Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Peritoneal Membrane Failure
Isaac Teitelbaum and Shweta Bansal

Hypertension in Dialysis Patients
Vito M. Campese

Left Ventricular Dysfunction and Valvular Heart Disease in Dialysis Patients
Patrick S. Parfrey

Coronary Artery Disease in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients
L. David Hillis

Autonomic Neuropathy and Hemodynamic Stability in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients
Biff E. Palmer

Oxidant Stress in End-Stage Renal Disease
Ravinder K. Wali

Infection and Immunity in End-Stage Renal Disease
Peter Stenvinkel

Hepatitis and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infections in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients
Ruth Berggren

Endocrine Disorders in Dialysis Patients
R. Tyler Miller

Gastrointestinal Complications in End-Stage Renal Disease
George T. Fantry and Donna S. Hanes

Renal Osteodystrophy
Wajeh Qunibi

Acid-base Considerations in End-Stage Renal Disease
F. John Gennari

Dyslipidemia in Dialysis Patients
Robert D. Toto

Malnutrition and Intradialytic Parenteral Nutrition in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients
Joel Kopple

Disorders of Hemostasis in Dialysis Patients
Giuseppe Remuzzi

Treatment of Anemia in Dialysis Patients
Anatole Besarab

Neurologic Complications Associated with Dialysis and Chronic Renal Insufficiency
Imran I. Ali and Noor A. Pirzada

The Geriatric Dialysis Patient
Wendy Weinstock Brown

Diabetic Dialysis Patients
Eli A. Friedman

Quality of Life, Depression, and Rehabilitation in Dialysis Patients
Daniel J. Salzberg

Extracorporeal Strategies in the Treatment of Poisoning
Wajeh Qunibi

Chronic Dialysis in Children
Bradley A. Warady, Kathy Jabs, and Stuart L. Goldstein

Acute Dialysis in Children
Susan R. Mendley

Infections in Patients on Peritoneal Dialysis
Jan Patterson

Preparing Dialysis Patients for Renal Transplantation and Pre-Emptive Renal Transplantation
Matthew R. Weir, Charles B. Cangro, and David K. Klassen

Current Outcomes for Dialysis Patients and Improving Quality of Care for Dialysis Patients
Jeffrey C. Fink

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