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.
Peritoneal Dialysis (PD): 2 Types, Your Choice
Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD)
What’s involved with CAPD
- You place about 2 quarts of cleansing fluid into your abdomen and, later, drain it. This is done by connecting a plastic bag of the fluid, called dialysate, to the soft tube (catheter) in your abdomen.
- By raising the plastic bag to shoulder level, gravity pulls the fluid into your abdomen. This is called “filling.” When empty, the plastic bag is removed and thrown away.
- The cleansing fluid (dialysate) stays inside your abdomen for several hours. This is called “dwelling”. During this time, the waste products and extra fluid move out of your blood through the peritoneum membrane and into the dialysate.
- When it’s finished, the dialysate is drained from your abdomen through the catheter into a plastic bag, which can be secured and thrown away.
- The process of these 3 steps—filling, dwelling and draining—is called “an exchange”.
- The actual time for filling or draining takes about 30 minutes. It’s done during your regular daily activities. Because you do an exchange 3, 4 or 5 times in a 24-hour period, some people like to do their exchanges around mealtimes and at bedtime.
FLY RIGHT WITH PD
Tip: All medicines and dialysate must be in their original packaging and clearly marked.