At-Home Peritoneal Dialysis
- At-home dialysis improves your quality of life. You can lead a more normal work and social life.
- At-home dialysis improves outcomes. With longer or more frequent treatments, people who choose at-home dialysis usually have fewer food restrictions and take fewer medicines. Not only are they healthier overall—they live longer.
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Getting Prepared for Peritoneal Dialysis
Before you begin at-home peritoneal dialysis (PD), your home-training 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.
Setting up your home
- 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 continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis (CCPD) using a cycler.
Getting creative with your space
How much is enough storage place?
Your home-training nurse will get you organized.
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Four tips to get ready for peritoneal dialysis (PD)
Setting up your access with a catheterA peritoneal catheter is a flexible hollow tube about the size of a straw that is usually placed in the lower abdomen. (It may be placed higher up on the torso, depending on your specific needs.) A small piece of the tubing stays outside the body and can be covered when not being used.
Planning ahead for your catheter is key
If you know you’re going to do PD—but you are at least 6 weeks from starting—your doctor may suggest putting in a “buried” catheter for future use. Here, the catheter end is not exposed but stays under the skin until needed. The advantage is that as soon as you need to begin your treatments, the doctor easily exposes the catheter end so it can be used immediately.