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.


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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Peritoneal Dialysis Training

For peritoneal dialysis (PD), you’ll need a week or two of training. Learning what to do is not as hard as you may think. You’ll practice while your home-training nurse watches to be sure you’re doing all of the steps correctly. Know that your Fresenius Kidney Care team will work with you until you feel confident. You will learn how to:

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Set up a place to do an exchange.
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Keep good treatment records.
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Put on a mask and wash your hands thoroughly to remove bacteria and help prevent infection.
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Order enough supplies to last you a month.
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Care for your catheter and clean and dry your exit site.
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Safely dispose of bags and other medical waste materials.
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Connect and disconnect your catheter to a PD bag in a sterile way to prevent infection.
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Take daily vital signs and weigh yourself.
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Add medicine to your PD bag if you need to.
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Troubleshoot issues involving your treatment.
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Drain out used dialysate and put in fresh dialysate. This is known as an exchange.


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Access your treatment data, lab results and flowsheets from your computer, tablet or smart phone.
You’ll also have information to take home and review. Remember, you can always call an at-home nurse if you have any questions, 24 hours a day—every day.

During your home PD training, you will learn more about different health issues to watch out for. Your home PD team will tell you when and why it is important to call your nephrologist or your at-home nurse.