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Haemodialysis and

                                                                             Peritoneal Dialysis
                                                                              – A Guide for Patients

        Both peritoneal dialysis and haemodialysis are        l It is often easier to arrange a holiday on PD. Your
        equally effective for treating kidney disease in the     dialysis fluids can be delivered to your
        short to medium term. Your choice of treatment           destination, home or abroad.
        depends on the way you want to live your life.        l PD often works well for people who have had
        l In haemodialysis (HD), you receive your                difficulties with dialysis access.
           treatment every second day. You will have 4        l PD allows you to drink more fluids, as the excess
           days off every week. With peritoneal dialysis         can be taken off each day.
           (PD), you need to do your treatment daily in       l With PD, you need to have reasonable eyesight
           either four 20 minute exchanges or 8-10 hours         and manual dexterity to carry out the
           overnight whilst you sleep.                           exchanges .
        l In HD, the nurses carry out the procedure when      l Patients who have had extensive abdominal
           you come into the unit. PD is a self-care             surgery will generally not be suitable for PD.
           treatment.                                            Your nephrologist will sit down with you and
        l With PD, it is sometimes easier to work or have     discuss, in detail, which form of dialysis bests suits
           a good quality family life. Your treatment is      your situation. It is often possible to switch from
           performed at home. Therefore, you are not          PD to HD or HD to PD after a period of time, on each
           making as many trips to the hospital.              treatment, if it does not agree with you.

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