Program 1: How to manage PD treatment

In this section, you will review the different types of peritoneal dialysis (PD), learn how PD works, and find out what supplies are needed for this type of dialysis treatment. You will also get information about fluid and diet management, how to receive deliveries at home, and how to face challenges at home, etc.

 

How peritoneal dialysis works

How peritoneal dialysis works

Peritoneal dialysis is carried out through a catheter placed in the abdomen, where you exchange old solution for new solution.

Getting ready for PD treatment

Getting ready for PD treatment

Germs can cause infections and are found on your skin and clothing. Antiseptic solutions can kill germs where regular soaps cannot. Carefully wash and dry your hands to protect your catheter and exit site from germs.

Fluid and diet management

Fluid and diet management

Fluid weight is the liquid parts of your body. Body weight changes daily depending on what you eat and drink.

Choosing peritoneal dialysis solution

Choosing peritoneal dialysis solution

Having the confidence to choose your PD solution is an important step in self-management. You are part of a renal team – you are not alone.

Ordering supplies

Ordering supplies

Your nurse will teach you how to order supplies. The customer service team from your PD supplies manufacturer will work closely with you to ensure your supply needs are taken care of.

Exit site care

Exit site care

The exit site is the place where the PD catheter comes out of your skin. Germs that may start growing at an exit site can travel into your abdomen and cause infection.

Understanding medications

Understanding medications

All medications should be taken under the careful guidance of your doctor and nurse. This is especially important since your kidneys no longer work as they used to.

Facing challenges at home

Facing challenges at home

You might have questions or face challenges while you are at home on peritoneal dialysis. This section will list some ideas and help you solve problems.