Welcome to our Publications section! Since 2007 EDTNA/ERCA has been producing guide books with up-to-date information on a number of topics within the renal field covering chronic kidney disease, haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, transplantation, acute care, nutrition and psychological care. EDTNA/ERCA books are official publications with ISBN numbers and can be cited as bibliografic references. EDTNA/ERCA members have free access to read and download these books. All book editors, authors and reviewers are subject matter experts. The books are developed following revision procedures including plagiarism screening and with the support from the EDTNA/ERCA Scientific Board members. Our publications are available in English, Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latino, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish and Turkish.

We hope you will find the books useful. Do feel free to contact us by sending us your feedback. We value your opinion.

As Publications Coordinator, I encourage members and colleagues who have the expertise on a specific topic to submit a proposal for a book publication.

If you are interested in submitting a publication proposal, please check the Editor and Author Guidelines.

Anastasia Liossatou
EDTNA/ERCA Publications Coordinator
Principles of Nursing in Kidney Care

Authors: Debbie Fortnum, Jose Jesus Broseta , Diana Rodriguez, Tai Mooi Ho, Navdeep Kumar, Michael Corr, Fiona Murphy, Reem Alhameedi, Jose Jesus Broseta, Diana Rodriguez Espinosa, Francisco Maduell Canals, Maurizio Gallieni, Annalisa di Pasquale, Donato Leopladi, Vasiliki Zoi, Massimo Fontò, Ruben Iglesias, Silvia Corti, Rossella Esposto, Giuseppe Fenoglio, Sotiroulla C. Gliki, Maria Arminda Tavares, Candice Halinski, Faith Lynch, Claire Carswell, Jen Lumsdaine, Sofia Zyga, Victoria Alikari, Mike Kelly, Afra Masià-Plana, Miquel Sitjar-Suñer, Clare McKeaveney, Ana Grilo, Kalliopi Anna Poulia, Jeanette Finderup, Henning Søndergaard, Daniel Gallego, Ann Bonner, Leanne Brown
Congratulations to all contributors!!!!!!!

The new book Principles of Nursing in Kidney Care under the Auspices of EDTNA/ERCA, European Kidney Patients’ Federation & ESNO, European Specialist Nurses Organisations which has just been published in eBook format for now and will available in print format very soon. The ebook will be included in SpringerMedicine e-Book Collection, distributed to a broad range of institutions across the world and it will be accessible in epub format, readable on any device.
DOI reference is: 10.1007/978-3-031-30320-3.

We would like to express our sincerest appreciation and say a massive ''thank you'' to all authors who have contributed to the completion of this book with their collective efforts, dedication, and passion.

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Mrs Nathalie L’Horset-Poulain & Springer Nature team as well as Mr Ber Omer and Mr Daniel Callego for their invaluable collaboration and unwavering support throughout the journey of bringing this book to its completion.

EDTNA/ERCA members will benefit from a rebate of a 33% discount on the public price (print or ebook).

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Do take advantage of the free publications which have been produced by our colleagues, each having contributed within her/his area of expertise: chronic kidney disease, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, transplantation, acute care, nutrition, and psychological care.
Vascular Access, Cannulation and Care: A Nursing Best Practice Guide for Arteriovenous Fistula
Vascular Access Management and Care - A Nursing Best Practice Guide for Central Venous Catheter
Vascular Access, Cannulation and Care: A Nursing Best Practice Guide for Arteriovenous Graft
Diet and Nutrition in Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease
Editor: Kalliopi Anna Poulia PhD, R.D.

Authors: Kalliopi Anna Poulia RD, PhD, Michael Chourdakis MD, PhD, Meropi Kontogianni PhD, Alexandros-Pantelis Tsigkas MSc, Kalliopi Zafeirenia Karatzi RD, MSc, PhD, Theodora Lappa RD, Msc, Zoe Pafili MSc, PhD, Eirene Tsimpidi RD, MSci, Dimitrios Karayiannis RD, Msc, PhD, Niki Papageorgiou, RD, Deepa Kariyawasam RD, Iliana Papadopoulou BSc, PgDip, MSc, Chrysanthi Skalioti MD, PhD, Anastasia Kolomvotsou RD, M(Med)Sc, PhD, Lydia Chrysoula RD, MSc, cMSc, ANutr, Dimitra Rafailia Bakaloudi MD, MSc

English proofreading: Deepa Kariyawasam RD
This publication is an initiative of EDTNA/ERCA with the aim of producing a book with up-to-date information on Diet and Nutrition in Adults with Chronic Kidney Disease for renal nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Available in: English
Managing Renal Support in times of War and Mass Disasters
Editors & Authors: Chrysanthi Avrami, RN, Msc, PhD(c), Ioannis Stefanidis, MD, PhD

Reviewers: Jane Golland, RN, MA, Chava Kurtz, RN, MA, PhD(c)

English Proofreading: Claire Carswell, RΜN, PhD
Ensuring adequate preparedness of dialysis units is a crucial aspect of disaster management in nephrology healthcare. Insufficient emergency planning may result in a situation in which the healthcare facility and its staff are ill-equipped to cope with the challenges of providing care during an emergency. This publication provides insights into renal management strategies in various types of mass disasters and war situations.

Available in: English
The European Core Curriculum for a Post-Basic Course in Nephrology Nursing
Editors: John Sedgewick, Margaret McCann, Nicola Thomas
Authors: Reem S Alhameedi, Marianna Eleftheroudi, Debbie Fortnum, Ana Grilo, Margaret McCann, Hanadi Mezher, Jen Lumsdaine, Sarah Lundie, Iain Morris, Maria Saraiva, John Sedgewick, Maria Arminda Silva Tavares, Nicola Thomas

This updated Post-basic Core Curriculum is an initiative of the EDTNA/ERCA that aims to support the development of specialist programmes in nephrology nursing in Europe. Within this 3rd edition, we have enhanced various sections of the Curriculum and we have highlighted the use of innovative teaching & learning strategies within nephrology programmes.

  • Update changes in the care and management of patients with CKD and End Stage Renal Disease with specific focus on Fundamentals of nephrology care, Legal aspects, Ethics, Ethnic & Cultural Implications, Economic Aspects, Models of Care Delivery, Research ,Quality Management, Patient Education, Psychological Aspects of Nephrology Nursing, Communication & Self-Awareness, Chronic Renal Insufficiency, Conservative Management, Pre-dialysis care, Palliative and end-of –life care, End-Stage renal failure and renal replacement therapies (Haemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis, Self-Care & Home Dialysis, Transplantation, Acute Kidney Injury and special extracorporeal therapies, Paediatric care.
  • Emphasize the patient & family journey embedded within the care and management of patients
  • Focus on Patient involvement in care processes and decision-making in relation to choices and preferences in care
  • Update evidence base content reflecting updated policies and guidelines impacting the care and management of patients. Focus on specific European policies important to Nephrology Nursing
  • Reflect developments in specialist education programs for nephrology nursing focusing upon directives from European Specialist Nursing Organisation position statement, European Healthcare Towards 2030, European Federation nursing competency framework, European Specialist Nursing Organisation Competence of the Nurse Specialist Competencies for Common Training Framework

Available in: English
Current Strategies for Living Donor Kidney Transplantation
Editors: Chrysanthi Avrami, Anastasia Liossatou, Tai Mooi Ho
Authors: Chrysanthi Avrami, Julio Pascual, Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, Daènne Scheuter- van Oers, Janette Moran, Chloe Miller, Irene Salvador-Rosés, Sandra Torres-Sierra, Teresa Pont Castellana
Reviewers: Lisa Burnapp, Jen Lumsdaine, Helen Noble, Claire Carswell, Juby Susan Thomas
Foreword: Professor Raymond Vanholder

  • Provide up-to-date clinical guidelines on living donor kidney transplantation.
  • Address the psychological and emotional aspects of living donor kidney transplantation.
  • Give an insight into the legal and ethical aspects of living kidney donation

Available in: English
CKD Stages 1-3 – A Guide for Nurses
Editor: Angela Drähne
Authors: Angela Drähne, Silvia Cappelletti, Stavroula Vovlianou, Luigi Apuzzo, Fiona Murphy, Kalliopi-Anna Poulia, Reem Alhameedi, Davide Fernandes
Reviewers: Helen Noble, Claire Carswell, Tai Mooi Ho, Karen Jenkins, Vassilios Liakopoulos

A new edition of “Chronic Kidney Disease (stages 1-3) - A Guide to Clinical Practice”, published in 2007. The aim is to develop a new booklet with the latest information and recommended practices on this subject

Available in: English
Supporting patients who opt not to have dialysis or stop dialysis – Guidelines for Nurses
Editor: Mike Kelly, Ireland (EDTNA/ERCA Psychological Care Consultant)
This booklet is an initiative of the EDTNA/ERCA Psychological Care Consultant Mike Kelly, Ireland. This guide provides recommendations to nurses on how to cope with the emotional challenges when caring for patients who decline or stop dialysis treatment.

  • More elderly patients are opting for conservative management
  • When a patient stops treatment, it has an emotional impact on nurses/carers who have been looking after him/her.
  • It is important to have some guidelines to support nurses/carers in this context.
Target group:
Nurses and allied healthcare professionals caring for patients who need dialysis treatment.

Available in: English
Management of Diabetic Foot Care – A Guide to Clinical Practice
Editors: Chrysanthi Avrami & Sofia Savvidou
Aim: The key principle of this Diabetic Foot Guideline is to ensure that diabetic foot health assessment forms an integral part of the care plan for each patient with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end stage renal disease (ESRD).

The main learning objectives are:
  • To support renal nurses who are involved in caring for adult patients with CKD
  • To define the importance of diabetic foot care
  • To outline the diabetic foot manifestations which may be seen in patients with CKD
  • To provide guidance with regards to the assessment of diabetic foot care
  • To define the management on observed changes of the diabetic foot
Early diagnosis of diabetic foot can prevent complications and improve patients' quality of life. Nurses should raise awareness on the importance of foot care among renal patients and ensure that this is integrated into their everyday care plans after being trained by nursing staff.

Available in: English, Spanish, Dutch
Case Management for patients with advanced kidney disease-A Guide for Nurses
Editors: Angela Drahen & Noel Eichler
Reviewer: Maria Saraiva

This booklet is an initiative of the EDTNA/ERCA CKD Consultant, Angela Drähne, Germany. The guide aims to explain Case Management to nurses caring for patients with advanced kidney disease and risk groups such as patients who have diabetes and hypertension.
The guide provides practical information on the development, role and working methods of a Case Manager and it describes the implementation in daily practice. Case management has been established in various nursing and caring fields with an individual concept corresponding to these fields.

The main learning objectives are:
  • To gain knowledge about different approaches of Case Management programs
  • To understand the five practice functions of Case Managers
  • To be able to identify the factors creating the need for Case Management
  • To learn about the work of a Case Manager with patients
  • To be aware of the objectives and goals of Case Management
  • To be aware that Case Management is a quality management controlled process
Available in: English
Oral Care Guideline for Adult Patients with CKD
Editors: Tai Mooi Ho & Navdeep Kumar
The key principle of this Oral Care Guideline is to ensure that oral health assessment forms an integral part of the care plan for each patient with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

The main learning objectives are:
  • Support renal nurses who are involved in caring for adult patients with CKD
  • Highlight the importance of oral care
  • Outline the oral manifestations which may be seen in patients with CKD
  • Provide guidance with regards to the assessment of the oral cavity
  • Provide guidance on the management of observed changes in the oral cavity
This Guideline is based on results of scientific research and subsequent expert recommendations

Available in: English, Greek, Hebrew, Polish, Dutch, Spanish
Home Haemodialysis - A Nurses Guide to Implementing Best Practice in Home Haemodialysis
The benefits of Home Haemodialysis (HHD) are clearly demonstrated in the literature and the ability to perform Frequent Home Haemodialysis (FHHD) is clearly a key contributing factor to positive outcomes. The aim of this Guide is to reach all renal healthcare professionals caring for Chronic Kidney Disease patients, offering them the chance to learn from experts about caring for patients who choose HHD treatment, focusing on FHHD. his tool focuses on health professional-patient pathways to support the successful implementation of FHHD. It offers practical guidance for managing a FHHD program with information to enhance effective training of patients to empower them to feel secure performing dialysis at home.

The main learning objectives are:
  • To increase health care professionals’ awareness of the benefits of FHHD,
  • To provide an educational tool which can help them understand the unique needs of home haemodialysis patients,
  • To implement this knowledge into practice and to improve access to FHHD for patients who can benefit from it.
This tool with many chapters has been brought together thanks to the cooperation and collaboration of enthusiastic professionals from various countries
Caring for Patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease -A Guide for Nurses
Editors: Anastasia Liossatou & Maria Cruz Casal
This book is an initiative of EDTNA/ERCA and it is the intention of producing a trilogy focused on the 3 kidney diseases which may result in many patients requiring renal replacement treatment: Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease, Vasculitis and Lupus. This is therefore the first one and the next two are aimed for the upcoming year.

The main learning objectives are:
  • To be aware that ADPKD is the most common cause of genetic kidney disease
  • To know that diagnosis is mainly based on ultrasound findings in the setting of a family history of ADPKD
  • To bear in mind that early disease-related symptoms such as hypertension, albuminuria and urological complications have been identified as predictors of rapid progression of ADPKD
  • To gain knowledge about the available treatment modalities and or options
  • To understand the importance of nutrition in patients with ADPKD
  • To describe the emotional impact of patients with ADPKD
  • To understand that ADPKD is mainly seen in adults, but sometimes it can have an early presentation
  • To identify the nursing interventions on the patients with ADPKD
Handbook on Ultrasound for Vascular Access Examination- From the Specialist to the Nurse
By Ruben Iglesias, Joaquin Vallespin, Jose Ibeas
Vascular Access is mandatory to start HD as renal replacement therapy. No working vascular access, no therapy. Follow-up of vascular access is a very important issue throughout the therapy. Various tools are available to perform this follow-up.
Doppler ultrasound is a non-invasive method, permits the morphological and functional study of the access and with the latest generation of portable devices can be done in the HD unit, at the patients bedside.

Aims of this handbook:
  • To review the basic principles of ultrasound
  • To review how to perform and interpret the mapping prior to arteriovenous fistula creation;
  • To review how to perform the systematic ultrasound examination in the arteriovenous fistula;
  • To review how to conduct surveillance of the arteriovenous fistula and diagnose different pathologies;
  • To help in daily practice for nurses supporting cannulation practice and assisting them to rule out pathology

Available in: English, Greek, German, Spanish
The Art of Communication: A Nurses’ Guide to Implementing Best Practices in Communication
Editors: Debbie Fortnum, Mike Kelly & Alison Larking
This practical guide was developed as part of EDTNA/ERCA’s educational objectives for 2017 focusing on improving and fostering best practices in communication with patients with the aim to gain greater insight and understanding the importance of effective communication .

Nurses are aware of the value and importance of clear and regular communication with patients, and the challenges that it may pose for successfully conveying a meaningful and straightforward message.

Communication is without a doubt complex and is influenced by an extensive array of factors. Therefore, learning is the key that is required to deepen our awareness of what and how we communicate.

Bearing in mind that the area of communication is vast, this booklet is not intended to cover all the issues related to communication. It is aimed at serving as a practical guide that nurses can readily and easily access.

Available in: English, Croatian, Greek, Russian, Spanish