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Renal Nursing, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-41064-6
418 pages
January 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
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Renal Nursing is a comprehensive evidence-based guide to nursing in the field of nephrology and kidney care. This fully updated fourth edition discusses the stages of chronic kidney disease, prevention and early management, pre-dialysis care, haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, transplantation, investigations and nutrition.  It also includes key information on renal care in infancy, childhood and early adolescence. The underlying anatomy, physiology and psychology of kidney disease are reviewed in depth, along with the skills and knowledge required to provide support, treatment and high-quality care.

Special features:

  • Fully grounded in the NHS National Service Framework for renal services
  • New chapter on patient involvement in renal care
  • Content and references fully updated to reflect changes in policies, evidence, care and management
  • Begins with the basics and covers all the vital material required by anyone working in renal care

Renal Nursing is an ideal reference text for nurses undertaking post-registration renal courses, student nurses undertaking a placement in a renal ward, specialist renal dietitians, pharmacists and other professions allied to medicine.

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Contributors vii

Foreword ix

Preface xi

1 The History of Dialysis and Transplantation 1
Nicola Thomas

2 Applied Anatomy and Physiology and the Renal Disease Process 20
Charlotte Chalmers

3 Patient and Carer Involvement in Renal Nursing Care, Education and Research 59
Ratna Das, Brian Gracey, Linda Gracey, Fiona Loud and Shahid Muhammad

4 Psychological Perspectives 80
Fiona Murphy

5 Acute Kidney Injury 97
Annette Davies

6 Chronic Kidney Disease 116
Nicola Thomas

7 Investigations in Kidney Disease 136
Althea Mahon

8 Haemodialysis 165
Paul Challinor

9 Peritoneal Dialysis 207
Claire Main

10 Renal Transplantation 249
Victoria Dunsmore

11 Nondialytic Options and the Role of Palliative Care 308
Fliss E.M. Murtagh

12 Renal Care in Infancy, Childhood and Early Adulthood 321
Diane Blyton and Shelley Jepson

13 Renal Nutrition 339
Barbara Engel

14 Quality Improvement in Renal Nursing 382
Nicola Thomas

Index 393

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Dr Nicola Thomas is an independent renal nursing consultant and senior lecturer at London South Bank University, London, UK.

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  • Fourth edition of a successful clinical textbook on renal care
  • Evidence-based
  • Each chapter written by an expert in his or her field
  • New to this edition: a chapter written by patients and carers on patient involvement in renal care, including patient choice, shared-decision making, carer perspective, involvement in quality improvement, education and research
  • Larger section on home therapies within haemodialysis
  • Content updated to reflect changes in policies, care and management
  • Updated references to reflect recent research evidence
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“The 3rd edition of Renal Nursing provides a very good introduction to nephrology nursing for the beginner to intermediate practitioner. Get it if you are new to our specialty or if you are undertaking post graduate renal studies and are looking for a general renal nursing text.” Renal Society of Australasia Journal, Oct 08

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