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?
- At-home dialysis improves your quality of life. You can lead a more normal work and social life.
- With longer or more frequent treatments, people on at-home dialysis usually have fewer food restrictions and take fewer medications.
- At-home dialysis improves outcomes—and may help people live longer.
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.
Setting up your space
- 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 suppliesSupplies 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.
How much is enough storage place?
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