Free for EDTNA/ERCA members!

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
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.

Full text PDF available for EDTNA/ERCA members coming soon!
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 into: 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 into: 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 into: 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 into: English, Croatian, Greek, Russian, Spanish