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Kidney Disease
From advanced disease to bereavement
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Kidney Disease: From advanced disease to bereavement provides guidance to renal and palliative care professionals dealing with patients with advanced kidney disease, who are approaching end of life. The book describes the tools used to achieve a good death including advance care planning, symptom control law and ethics, recognizing dying, withdrawal of treatment, and a holistic approach to patient care. By using case histories, the book highlights how to facilitate good
communication between patients, families and their renal and palliative teams. There are also chapters on support for carers and bereavement.

Revised and updated, this new edition is written in a bullet point style to provide an indispensable guide to the day-to-day management of patient care. This pocketbook will be an essential guide for nephrologists, renal nurses, nephrologist trainees, and doctors and nurses working in palliative care.


ISBN-13: 9780199695690
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP Oxford)
Publication date: May, 2012
Pages: 400
Weight: 192g
Availability: Available
Subcategories: Anaesthetics and Pain, Nephrology, Nursing, Palliative Medicine
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This is a compact but detailed guide on palliative care and treatment of renal failure in the terminal stage. The book will be very helpful for doctors and nurses. I was impressed by this expanded and updated second edition from OUP's Specialist Handbooks in End of Life Care series. Tightly written in bullet-point form, there is a wealth of information here. Besides the basic nephrology and the co-morbidities, there are chapters on the treatment of pain and other symptoms and another on modifying drug doses in chronic renal failure. But what I really liked were the chapters on communication (including listening), recognising dying, how to deliver good palliative care, ethical considerations, spirituality, as well as bereavement. There is an integrated care pathway for end of life care, modified for the management of patients with end-stage renal failure This book is an excellent handbook on a complex group of patients. It gives guidance to renal and palliative specialists who care for patients with advanced kidney disease. In the end stages of the disease this would be a good tool to utilize alongside the Liverpool Care Pathway.