Benefits of peritoneal dialysis (PD)

PD at home may be the right treatment for you if you work, study, or travel regularly and if it suits your lifestyle and medical and physical condition. It may provide more flexibility, freedom, and independence than other types of dialysis. It can save you and your caregivers frequent trips to the hospital or clinic.

Portable equipment makes it easier to perform treatment in other locations. Treatment doesn’t require daily needles, is usually painless, and is considered gentler on your body than other types of dialysis. As a result, you feel better directly after your dialysis when compared to other dialysis types. Finally, because PD is performed daily and cleanses the blood continuously over 24 hours, you are receiving more frequent dialysis.

These benefits aside, there are additional items you should consider before discussing PD with your clinician. You should be aware that PD, like any dialysis treatment, requires special considerations. You will:

  • Need to get used to the feeling of performing PD. You may experience some physical symptoms, such as fullness, when you begin your treatments.
  • Have to follow important precautions to avoid the risk of infection, which your healthcare team will teach you.
  • Need storage space in your home for PD supplies and equipment.
  • Have a catheter implanted in your abdomen for the duration of your therapy.

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How PD works

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Preparing and Performing PD treatments

Familiarize yourself with the daily process: from preparation, to handwashing, to connection and disconnection.

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Living well on PD

Gain more control over your life with information on managing PD, including details on fluid management, exit-site care, and home delivery services.

Learn more about PD and Baxter

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Welcome kit

A digital kit specifically designed to help answer your questions and provide helpful resources to empower you throughout your PD journey.

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My Baxter

This is your personal PD management tool. Manage your PD supplies, delivery schedules, and much more.

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Mobile Ordering

Mobile ordering your PD supplies is easy with Baxter’s online tools. It allows freedom and flexibility in managing your dialysis supplies.

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Knowledge Resources for your CKD/ESKD journey

Whether you’re looking into dialysis, starting PD, or already on PD, we have resources for you.

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