At-Home Peritoneal Dialysis

A growing number of doctors and people with chronic kidney disease agree that at-home dialysis—whether it’s peritoneal or hemodialysis—is the best option whenever possible. Why choose at-home?

  1. At-home dialysis improves your quality of life. You can lead a more normal work and social life.
  2. With longer or more frequent treatments, people on at-home dialysis usually have fewer food restrictions and take fewer medications.
  3. At-home dialysis improves outcomes—and may help people live longer.
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AT-HOME DIALYSIS

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Getting Prepared for Peritoneal Dialysis

Before you begin at-home peritoneal dialysis (PD), your home therapies nurse will visit with you in your home. He or she will check your home for safety and see where you plan to do your treatments.

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Setting up your space

To do PD, you’ll need:

  • A clean and well-lit room or other area you can close off. Pets should not be in your treatment area while you are connecting or disconnecting your catheter for treatment—during the time when the system is “open” and more prone to bacteria and germs pets may carry. 
  • Space for storing your supplies.
  • A grounded outlet if you are doing automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) using a cycler.

Getting creative with storing supplies

Supplies do take up space. Your home therapies nurse will talk with you about how to organize your supply storage area for your medicines, your dialysate solution and tubing sets, as well as your cycler, if you’re choosing to do APD.
Storage space for peritoneal dialysis

How much is enough storage place?

You´ll need space for a month's worth of supplies. 
Your home-training nurse will get you organized.

LIMITED ON LIVING SPACE? ORDER 2 WEEKS OF SUPPLIES.

Ideally, you should have 1 month’s worth of
supplies—especially in
case of emergencies. If you have space issues, it may be possible to order a smaller amount of supplies at a
time.

Four tips to get ready for peritoneal dialysis (PD)

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Have a home visit by your home therapies nurse to see where you can do your treatments and store supplies.

If it’s a go, know you’ll need to plan ahead to have a catheter placed. It takes a few days to 2 weeks to heal and be ready to use, depending on the urgency to start treatment.

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PD takes up to 2 weeks to learn and master. You’ll visit a center for detailed training.

Even though you can do PD on your own, family members or friends are welcome to help you do exchanges.


Planning for your PD Catheter

After surgical placement, your peritoneal dialysis catheter needs 2 weeks to heal—or possibly less, depending on the urgency to start treatment. If you know you are going to start PD down the line but you have some time before you go on dialysis, you may be able to get a buried catheter placed in advanced, so it's ready to go when you are.
Learn more about the PD catheter
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ENJOY THE FREEDOM OF
AT-HOME DIALYSIS

At-home dialysis is one of the best ways for you to do dialysis. Find out if starting or switching to at-home dialysis is right for you. 
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PROPER CATHETER CARE IS IMPORTANT

Taking good care of your catheter is key to avoiding infection and staying your healthiest. Your nurse will teach you how to keep your access site clean and how to check for infection.
See how to care for a PD catheter