Resource Library

Books

  • HELP, I NEED DIALYSIS! How to have a good future with kidney disease

    A life-long kidney patient educator and an internationally-known nephrologist explain how dialysis works; each of the ways to do it; and how your treatment choice may affect your diet, energy level, work, travel, sexuality and fertility, sleep, and survival. Comprehensive and fully referenced, this book is a must-read if you face the life-changing choices that come with kidney failure.

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  • Staying Healthy with Stage 3 CKD

    You can live well with kidney disease! Learn how to stay healthy and care for your kidneys. This 28-page booklet also covers causes of chronic kidney disease (CKD), stages of CKD, symptoms, what to eat, and medicines.

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  • Living the Life You Want with Stages 4 & 5 CKD

    You can have a good life with kidney disease—even if your kidneys fail. Learn what YOU can do to slow chronic kidney disease (CKD) and all of the treatment options for kidney failure. This 44-page booklet also covers coping with CKD, what kidneys do, CKD stages, symptoms, lab tests, medicines, diet, and treatment options for ESRD.

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Videos

  • Let's Talk About...

    A series of 3-minute multimedia movies designed to help start a conversation between patients and the care team about key health topics. Get patients involved in important choices about their care with this new FREE resource! Each movie is available in English and Spanish.

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  • How to Have a Good Future with Kidney Disease

    Do you or does someone you care about have chronic kidney disease (CKD)? If so, you CAN have a good life. There are things you can do to protect your kidneys. If your kidneys fail, there are treatments that will let you keep doing what you love. Learn how to have a good future with kidney disease in our free online classes. Please start with "Coming to Terms," then choose any class you like.

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  • Feeling Better with Exercise: A Video Guide for People on Dialysis (DVD)

    This 30-minute DVD is a companion to the patient exercise booklet. It features conversations with dialysis patients about the benefits of exercise, as well as easy-to-follow demonstrations. All of the strength and flexibility exercises recommended in the patient booklet are shown in this video.

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PDFs

  • What You Need to Know to Keep Your Fistula Healthy

    This 8-page booklet uses simple text and pictures to describe an arteriovenous fistula (AVF). There is a step-by-step explanation of how to use a fistula for dalysis, as well as descriptions of common AVF problems and what patients can do to keep their fistulas healthy.

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  • What You Need to Know to Keep Your Graft Healthy

    This 8-page booklet uses simple text and pictures to describe arteriovenous grafts. There is a step-by-step explanation of how to use a graft for dialysis, as well as descriptions of common problems and what patients can do to keep their grafts healthy.

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  • What You Need to Know to Keep Your Catheter Healthy

    This 8-page booklet uses simple text and pictures to describe venous catheters. There is a step-by-step explanation of how to use a catheter for dialysis, as well as descriptions of common problems and what patients can do to keep their catheters healthy. The booklet also includes a brief discussion about the dangers of prolonged catheter use, and a strong suggestion to switch access, if possible.

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  • Choose a Fistula (poster)

    Colorful, multi-language poster suitable for use on a bulletin board. The simple message translated into 6 languages says, "Choose a fistula for better access, better dialysis, and a better life". Can be printed up to 24" x 36".

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  • Vaccines for People on Dialysis

    This 2-page fact sheet uses simple text and pictures to describe the benefits of vaccinations for dialysis patients. There is a brief section for each: influenza, pneumonia, and hepatitis B vaccinations. Available in six languages.

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  • Stay healthy: Get vaccinated (poster)

    Colorful, multi-language poster suitable for use on a bulletin board. The simple message translated into 6 languages says, "Stay healthy: Get vaccinated." Can be printed up to 24" x 36".

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  • Patient Interest Checklists

    Use these checklists to show clinic staff the things you’d like to learn more about related to kidney disease. Download the checklist that fits you.

    1. For people with chronic kidney disease, not on dialysis
    2. For people on dialysis for 0–3 months
    3. For people on dialysis 3–12 months
    4. For people on dialysis for more than 1 year

  • Goal Setting Worksheet

    Use this free step-by-step worksheet to plan for and track your progress towards goals in any area – from reducing your phosphorus to spending more time with friends.

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  • Factsheets

    Twelve easy-to-read fact sheets on anemia, vascular access, getting enough dialysis, fluids, dialysis equipment, rehabilitation, and more. Free to download in English and Spanish.

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Calculators

  • Medicare Start Date Calculator

    Tool to learn when Medicare will start for your patients if they do home dialysis verses in-center.

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  • Ultrafiltration Rate Calculator

    Are you in the green? Pulling water out of your blood at dialysis is "ultrafiltration" (UF). A safe UF rate (UFR) for HD is gentle—and you may feel well after a treatment. Put in your fluid goal, weight, and treatment time to find out.

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Articles

  • Keeping Your Job When You Need Dialysis

    If you are working when you learn your kidneys are failing, some of your most urgent questions may be about your job. Each year, half of all people who start dialysis in the U.S. are under 65. You are not alone. It is possible to feel well enough to work on dialysis and to make your treatment schedule fit your job—IF you plan ahead. We'll tell you why—and how—to keep your job.

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  • Your Kidney Treatment, Your Choice

    How much do you value your lifestyle? Your quality of life? Your income? Kidney failure differs from most types of illness. Unlike even cancer, if your kidneys fail, treatment is life-long. Dialysis is not just a bridge to transplant, since you may need it for many years—and you have a life to live while you wait!

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  • When To Start Dialysis

    When you know your kidneys are failing, it's normal to want to put off dialysis forever. Common wisdom used to say that starting dialysis early was best for you. The funny thing about common wisdom, though, is it could turn out to be wrong. Research now suggests that putting off dialysis as long as you can may be the safer choice.

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Websites

  • My Dialysis Choice

    If your kidneys fail, dialysis can save your life. But, dialysis is not just a medical treatment. It can also affect every aspect of your lifestyle. This tool will help you choose the right treatment for you so you can feel your best and live the way you want to.

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  • Kidney School

    Kidney School is a comprehensive online education program for people who want to learn how to manage and live with chronic kidney disease (stages 3–5). It was developed to offer up-to-date research-based information; help people learn what to expect and what questions to ask; Provide the tools patients need to self-manage their care so they can stay healthier and keep doing the activities they enjoy. Kidney School is a program of the non-profit Medical Education Institute, Inc. Since it was first launched in 2002, Kidney School has grown to become one of the largest chronic kidney disease (CKD) education programs in the world, and is recommended by dialysis professionals all across the U.S.

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  • Home Dialysis Central

    Home Dialysis Central is a one-stop shop. Learn about ALL types of dialysis and what they can mean for your life.

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