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 a Peritoneal Dialysis CatheterA peritoneal dialysis catheter is the only type of access for peritoneal dialysis (PD). A PD catheter is a flexible, hollow tube about the size of a straw that's surgically placed in your lower abdomen. A small piece of tubing is left outside of the body that can be covered when not in use.
Planning for your PD catheter is key
- You'll need minor surgery for PD catheter placement.
- A PD catheter is usually placed by a surgeon in sterile conditions to minimize infection. The procedure is often done under local anesthesia.
- Healing time ranges from a few days to 2 weeks, depending on the urgency to start treatment.
- Once the catheter area has healed, a nurse will teach you how to use your catheter and care for it properly.
How to care for your access site
- Practice good hygiene—keep your hands and exit site clean and dry. Perform daily access site care according to the instructions provided by your care team.
- Protect your catheter—keep your catheter close to your body and avoid clothing that's too tight or that may snag. When not in use, your catheter should be capped and your transfer set should be clamped.
- Inspect your access site daily—look for any signs of redness, drainage, tenderness or swelling that could indicate infection. If you notice any changes to your access site around your catheter, contact your nurse right away. It's important to receive immediate treatment if you have an infection.
Buried PD catheter option
Talk to your doctor about planning for your PD catheter.
AT-HOME DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN
That means you get the comfort of home and the comfort of knowing that a professional is there to help you troubleshoot issues or make adjustments.