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Peritoneal Dialysis Training

Hand washingBefore you start training, someone from the Peritoneal Dialysis team will visit your home to see which room would be best for your exchanges and where you can store the supplies you’ll need. In your PD training, your nurse will attach a transfer set to your catheter. The transfer set has a connector on the end that will hook up to a bag of PD dialysate. The nurse will use the transfer set to put some dialysate fluid into your abdomen for the first time, through your catheter. You’ll be doing some of your PD exchanges as you train, so you can start to get used to the process and begin to do the exchanges yourself. You may use a dummy or a “practice apron” first to get used to making the connections between the PD bags and your transfer set without risking infection to your own catheter.

Peritoneal dialysis requires a week or two of training. You’ll practice while your training nurse watches to be sure you’re doing all of the steps correctly. Be assured that your healthcare team will work with you until you feel confident. You will learn how to:

  • Set up a place to do an exchange.
  • Wash your hands very well to remove bacteria and help prevent infection.
  • Care for your catheter and clean and dry your exit site.
  • Connect your catheter to a PD bag in a sterile way to prevent infection.
  • Add medicine to your PD bag if you need to.
  • Drain out used PD dialysate and put in fresh dialysate. This is known as an exchange.
  • Keep good treatment records.
  • Order enough supplies of each type to last you a month.
  • Safely dispose of medical wastes.

You’ll also have information to take home and review, and you can always call your nurse if you have any questions.