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Renal Nursing, 4th Edition

Renal Nursing, 4th Edition

Nicola Thomas

ISBN: 978-1-118-41064-6 January 2014 Wiley-Blackwell 418 Pages


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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.

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

“This edition has been updated with the most current references and resources and includes a new chapter, written by patients and partners of those with kidney disease, that addresses patient and caregiver involvement in renal care. When used in addition to hands-on experience, this book should give nursing or allied healthcare professionals the confidence that they have the most current and complete knowledge base necessary to fulfill their crucial roles in this specialty.”  (Doody’s, 13 February 2015)

“This book is for all nursing staff including student nurses caring for the renal patient. This would be valuable for allied health professionals such as specialist pharmacists and renal dietitians. It would also be apt for a junior doctor requiring further information.”  (Nursing Times, 16October 2014)

“The 3rd edition of Renal Nursing provides a very good introduction tonephrology nursing for the beginner tointermediate practitioner. Get it if youare new to our specialty or if you areundertaking post graduate renal studiesand are looking for a general renal nursing text.” Renal Society of Australasia Journal, Oct 08

  • 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