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WHAT DOES PD INVOLVE?
                        The process of PD depends on whether you choose CAPD or APD.



         If you decide to                                                 Good handwashing
                                                                          techniques
         opt for peritoneal
         dialysis, a small
         operation is
         needed to place
         the catheter into
         your abdomen.
           The catheter is
         allowed to rest for
         a few weeks
                                    Equipment required to perform
         before it can be used.          a dialysis exchange
           Once the catheter is ready for use, you will either be
         admitted to the hospital to receive the training required to
         carry out peritoneal dialysis or, it may be possible to receive
         the training as an outpatient.


        CONTINUOUS AMBULATORY PERITONEAL DIALYSIS
        (CAPD)
           With PD, dialysis is taking place inside you without you being
        aware of it. CAPD is a process by which 2-2.5 litre bags
        (depending on your prescription) of dialysis fluid are instilled
        into your peritoneum, four times a day, via your Tenckhoff
        catheter. Different strengths of dialysis fluid are available, and                     Tenckhoff catheter
        your doctor and PD nurse will explain which fluids best suit you.                                 in situ

                                           Sr. Nora McEntee                                     Tenckhoff catheter
                                       demonstrating how to
                                  connect the dialysis fluid to
                                      the Tenckhoff catheter



































        P.22 Haemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis – A Guide for Patients
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