Peritoneal dialysis is a method that uses the peritoneum (abdominal membrane) as a filter to clean the blood of toxic substances.
Method and objective
A fluid called dialysate is introduced, through a catheter, into the abdominal cavity in order to rebalance the blood plasma. Its components prompt the elimination of excess water and toxic substances produced by the body.
Self-treatment at home
The benefit for the patient is that he/she is independent and remains at home. As a first step, you learn the method at the hospital.
The gestures of bag connection and disconnection to/ from the catheter should be subject to rigorous hygiene.
There are two methods of peritoneal dialysis:
- continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis
- automated peritoneal dialysis.