Helpful tips

Discomfort when solution flows in

Possible causes:

  • Temperature of the dialysis solution
  • pH of the PD solution
  • Catheter position (mechanical)

What to do:

  • Check whether the solution is warm enough. Warm solution to body temperature (If you use the cycler, the cycler will warm the solution to body temperature).
  • Change your position during infusion (when solution is flowing in).
  • Talk to your nurse about the discomfort during therapy.
  • Your nurse may assess your catheter placement.
  • There are other options of peritoneal dialysis solutions that could help with your discomfort during infusion. Ask your physicians or your nurse for further information.

Dialysis solution does not flow in or out

Always contact your healthcare provider first. Below are possible causes and what to do:

Dialysis solution table

Drainage solution looks different

There are times when the drained fluid is not clear. There are reasons why this may happen.

Living well - Drainage solution table

Peritonitis

Peritonitis is an infection caused by germs in the peritoneal cavity. Most peritonitis events are preventable if you do your exchanges as you were taught every time.

What can you do to help prevent peritonitis?

  • Good hand washing and drying
  • Good dialysis technique
  • Good exit-site care
  • Avoid constipation

Consult your nurse if you have questions or you think you have made an error in your technique.

Signs of peritonitis include:

  • A cloudy bag
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Feeling unwell
  • Diarrhea (may occur)

Call your unit immediately – peritonitis will NOT go away by itself and is a serious condition.