For Health Professionals

The Treatment of Kidney Failure in New Zealand

The Treatment of Kidney Failure in New Zealand 2nd edition
Authors: Kelvin L Lynn, Adrian L Buttimore, Peter J Hatfield, Martin R Wallace 2022
ISBN 979 8-512-23680-2

The second edition of this book tells the history of the treatment of people with
kidney failure in New Zealand. Beginning in the early 1950s this story encompasses
remarkable experiences of patients and their families, and the contributions made by
dedicated health professionals. It also reveals the challenges and ethics of meeting
an ever-increasing demand for treatment.


Dr Kelvin Lynn and his fellow editors tell us about the contribution of doctors, nurses,
technicians, and patients and their families to the story of kidney failure treatment in
New Zealand. Social and political changes in our country since the 1950s have
critically influenced the development of treatment services for New Zealanders with
kidney failure. The improvements in technology and community expectations
regarding access to treatment over the past 50 years are discussed as well as the
issues for patients and families coming to terms with kidney failure and its treatment.

  • This story is illustrated with many anecdotes and historical photographs.
    The experience of living a life with kidney failure is recounted in patient
    interviews. These stories are a testament to the bravery and determination of
    these individuals.
  •  There are chapters devoted to the professional development of renal nurses
    and dialysis technicians who have played a key role in the progress made in
    kidney treatment. Nurses were important members of the early clinical teams
    who pioneered dialysis treatment. Now renal nursing is an established nursing
    specialty. Hospital technicians who maintained the early dialysis equipment
    quickly took up clinical roles, particularly in training patients for dialysis at
    home.
  • There is an account of the trends and statistics of dialysis treatment in the
    past and a chapter discussing where dialysis treatment may go in the future.

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