Home Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis is the easiest and simplest form of home dialysis and has excellent outcomes. It is considered to be an “at home or on-the-go” dialysis option and is ideal for patients who want to remain independent while undergoing dialysis.

Advantages of Peritoneal Dialysis

  • It’s simple to do
  • Daily dialysis is more like your normal kidney function
  • Allows for more independence and flexibility because you control your treatment times
  • Is easier for those who travel or work
  • Usually only one clinic visit a month instead of 3 times weekly with in-center hemodialysis
  • Offers better blood pressure control
  • Prolongs remaining kidney function
  • APD device is small and portable

Precautions

Peritoneal dialysis requires a commitment to taking charge of your own health. You will have to learn the proper procedure to set up your peritoneal dialysis fluid exchanges.

You also will need to learn how to take your own blood pressure and care for your catheter and exit site. The potential for infections has dramatically decreased over the past 20 years because of step-by-step infection control techniques and improved catheter connections.

Because we are diligent in training our patients, Washington University’s team has a lower infection rate than the national average.