This book explores the emotional problems patients relatives close friends and professionals experience and the support they need when someone is dying. It focuses on the skills required to support the patient and to provide pre- and post-bereavement counselling for relatives. Clear and easy to read the book is based on the author's previous work but now includes valuable new insights from her recent research in this field and is illustrated with examples from her practical and international experience. It emphasises practical communication skills that can be applied in everyday working practice. It encourages readers to reflect on their own practice strengths and weaknesses and their contribution to the multi-professional team. Questions and exercises at the end of each chapter encourage reflection discussion and learning. This is a book that all health professionals will find of great benefit especially those working in palliative and terminal care hospices and nursing homes. It is of particular use to members of nursing teams. It will also be of interest to patients and relatives who are close to a dying person.

part |2 pages

Section one: General nephrology

chapter 1|20 pages

Chronic renal failure

chapter 2|14 pages

Acute renal failure

chapter 3|10 pages

Renal Osteodystrophy

chapter 4|22 pages

Selected disease processes

chapter 5|12 pages


chapter 6|16 pages

Investigation of structure and function

part |2 pages

Section two: Haemodialysis

chapter 1|12 pages

An overview of treatment

chapter 2|10 pages

Vascular access

chapter 3|12 pages

The extracorporeal circuit

chapter 4|8 pages


chapter 5|8 pages

Dialysate preparation

chapter 6|10 pages

The impact of chronic illness

chapter 7|12 pages

Dialysing the acutely ill patient

chapter 8|16 pages

Acute complications of haemodialysis

chapter 9|12 pages

Assessment of therapy

part |2 pages

Section three: Additional extracorporeal therapies

chapter 1|10 pages


chapter 2|14 pages

Plasma exchange and haemoperfusion

part |2 pages

Section four: Peritoneal dialysis

chapter 1|10 pages

Anatomy and physiology

chapter 2|12 pages

Initiation and maintenance of therapy

chapter 4|12 pages

Complications of therapy

part |2 pages

Section five: Transplantation

chapter 1|6 pages

The history of transplantation

chapter 2|12 pages

Recipient selection and preparation

chapter 3|12 pages

Donor selection and preparation

chapter 4|8 pages

The perioperative period

chapter 5|10 pages

Complications of transplantation

part |2 pages

Section six: Paediatric renal failure

chapter 1|6 pages

Renal function in the child

chapter 2|10 pages

Extracorporeal management

chapter 3|8 pages

Paediatric peritoneal dialysis

chapter 4|6 pages

Paediatric renal transplantation

part |2 pages

Section seven: Complementary therapies