Recognizing symptoms to reduce Peritoneal Dialysis infections

In the United States, peritonitis rates are dropping. This reinforces the importance of using proper techniques for prevention.

Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) patients must be taught to recognize possible signs of infection, such as redness, tenderness and discharge at the exit site. The clinical presentation of peritonitis may include any of the following: cloudy effluent, abdominal pain, fever and acutely declining peritoneal ultrafiltration. If noted, call your Peritoneal Dialysis nurse:
  • Immediately report cloudy effluent, abdominal pain and/or fever to PD unit
  • Save drained cloudy effluent and bring to clinic
  • Report persistent cloudiness to Peritoneal Dialysis unit
  • Schedule retraining for technique issues


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Reinforce proper techniques for preventions.