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By Roger Gabriel (auth.)

In some ways this publication is a workforce attempt. many of us have helped me in writing it. to begin with, I thank my spouse who learn the manuscript two times correcting grammatical mistakes and spelling and clarifying many sentences. Secondly, I thank neighbors and co-workers at St. Mary's sanatorium, together with Mrs Jean Emerson, Renal Unit Social employee and Mrs June Morgan, Senior Dietician, either one of whom contributed technical details; Sisters Christine Holmes and Malinie Polpitiye who learn and criticized a few chapters; leave out Mary Williams, Mr Robert Minor and Mr Richard Viner who as sufferers learn a few sections and made beneficial feedback. My thank you are as a result of leave out Veronica Adams who typed many of the manuscript and likewise to Mrs June Marshall and pass over Joyce Meadows who helped with typing and masses photocopying. i need to thank Baxter Healthcare whose beneficiant monetary aid enabled this booklet to be released. The editorial employees of MTP Press were very invaluable, speedy and effective in publishing the textual content. If any reader desires to recognize extra approximately renal sickness, there are numerous solid introductory books on renal drugs to be had. i'm definite that the neighborhood public library might be happy to aid. Any elements of this publication which are unsuitable or deceptive are my accountability. If an individual has the strength to show blunders to me i'm going to attempt to right them in any next edition.

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Peritoneum The whole of the body cavity is lined by the peritoneum. This is a thin and stretchable membrane which moves with the stomach and intestines. The peritoneum has a large supply of blood which passes through it in very small blood vessels. Normally a little fluid escapes from the blood vessels to lubricate the peritoneum. Peritoneal dialysis is possible because fluid and waste products can cross from the bloodstream through the peritoneum, which functions as a semipermeable membrane, into dialysate which has been placed in the abdominal cavity.

6). A shunt is an artificial connection between an artery and vein. It is in two halves which can be separated for dialysis. The end attached to the artery is used to lead blood to the machine. Blood returns from the machine to the 51 PRINCIPLES OF DIALYSIS patient through the tube connected to the vein. The two ends of the shunt are joined together when dialysis is not taking pla,ce. A shunt can be used for dialysis within minutes of its being made. It continues to be used for some time whilst a fistula is created for longer term use.

It also suggests a few things that are worth thinking about before dialysis treatment starts. These suggestions are for patients awaiting haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis to give them an idea what to expect and perhaps feel less anxious. Some people have a few months or years warning that their kidneys are failing. Thus they will have time to get used to the prospect of dialysis and gain some idea of the restriction that it will place on their life. However advanced chronic renal failure may creep on unknown, so that dialysis may be necessary shortly after the diagnosis is made.

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