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. 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.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT TREATMENT FOR YOU 

Whether you’re getting ready for dialysis or want to switch to a different type of dialysis, our Treatment Decision Guide can help you decide what treatment options might be best for you.
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Getting a Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter

A 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.
peritoneal dialysis catheter
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Planning for your PD catheter is key

Here's what to know when preparing for your access:

  • 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.

tips for avoiding a dialysis access infection

How to care for your access site

Your access is your lifeline, so keep your peritoneal dialysis catheter clean and well maintained to avoid infections. Here are 3 ways to keep your access site healthy.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

If you know you're going to do PD—but you're at least 6 weeks from starting—your doctor may suggest getting a "buried" catheter. With this procedure, the PD catheter is surgically placed, but the catheter end is left under the skin until you're ready to start treatment. The advantage is that there's no downtime when you're ready to begin PD treatment—the doctor exposes the catheter end and you're ready to go. A peritoneal catheter may also be an option even if you need to start treatment in an urgent situation.

Talk to your doctor about planning for your PD catheter.
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AT-HOME DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN

You have 24/7 on-call home PD nurses available by phone.
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.

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Make Clean Routine
Follow your nurse's exact instructions for hand washing, hand santizing and access site care to help avoid infection.