Chapter 1

Talking to your patients about dialysis

Making the decision about dialysis can be stressful for patients. In this chapter, you’ll cover key dialysis concepts so you can confidently help patients make dialysis decisions.
5 Lessons (13m 25s), 1 Quiz
Chapter 2


Hemodialysis is often daunting to the non-nephrologist. Here, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the intricacies of hemodialysis and factors to consider when prescribing it.
  • Establishing vascular access for hemodialysis
  • Describing the dialysis machine
  • Getting a grasp of dialyzers
  • Breaking down dialysate
  • Wading through water treatment
  • Determining adequate hemodialysis
  • Putting it together
  • Examining in-center hemodialysis
  • Hemodialysis quiz
9 Lessons (29m 14s), 1 Quiz
Chapter 3

Home hemodialysis

Home dialysis is growing in popularity. In this chapter, you’ll cover the fundamentals of home hemodialysis and when it might be an option for your patients needing dialysis.
  • Considering home hemodialysis
  • Prescribing home hemodialysis
  • Monitoring home hemodialysis
  • Recognizing the benefits for patient outcomes
  • Home hemodialysis quiz
5 Lessons (15m 18s), 1 Quiz
Chapter 4

Hemodialysis complications

Hemodialysis (in-center and at home) is not without its risks. In this chapter, you’ll master the diagnosis and management of common and uncommon complications.
  • Identifying common access complications
  • Spotting uncommon access complications
  • Recognizing fistula and graft infections
  • Identifying catheter infections
  • Recognizing common hemodialysis complications
  • Assessing uncommon hemodialysis complications
  • Hemodialysis complications quiz
7 Lessons (28m 46s), 1 Quiz
Chapter 5

Peritoneal dialysis catheters

Master peritoneal dialysis catheters in this chapter. You’ll learn how to recognize catheter dysfunction, resolve complications, and diagnose exit site and tunnel infections.
  • Getting a grasp of peritoneal dialysis
  • Mastering peritoneal dialysis catheters
  • Recognizing peritoneal dialysis catheter dysfunction
  • Resolving other catheter-associated complications
  • Diagnosing exit site and tunnel infections
  • Peritoneal dialysis catheters quiz
6 Lessons (17m 33s), 1 Quiz
Chapter 6

Peritoneal dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis differs from hemodialysis in several ways. Here, you’ll learn about various peritoneal dialysis methods, solutions and additives used, and how to prescribe it.
  • Differentiating between peritoneal dialysis methods
  • Evaluating membrane function
  • Using different solutions and additives
  • Monitoring peritoneal dialysis adequacy
  • Prescribing peritoneal dialysis
  • Peritoneal dialysis quiz
6 Lessons (16m 51s), 1 Quiz
Chapter 7

Peritoneal dialysis complications

Peritoneal dialysis also comes with its own unique risks. Here, you’ll learn how to manage infectious and non-infectious complications related to peritoneal dialysis.
  • Managing mechanical complications
  • Identifying uncommon non-infectious complications
  • Dealing with peritonitis
  • Peritoneal dialysis complications quiz
4 Lessons (14m 42s), 1 Quiz
Chapter 8

Acute dialysis

How do you manage a patient in acute need of dialysis? In this chapter, you’ll learn how to treat acute dialysis needs through different modalities and in different settings.
  • Acknowledging acute indications for dialysis
  • Applying acute peritoneal dialysis
  • Recommending acute hemodialysis
  • Ordering continuous renal replacement therapies
  • Dosing and anticoagulation in continuous dialysis
  • Recommending dialysis with cerebral edema and intracranial hypertension
  • Acute dialysis quiz
  • Dialysis Essentials outro
8 Lessons (17m 45s), 1 Quiz