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What To Expect For Your First Treatment of Peritoneal Dialysis At Home

Updated: Feb 7, 2023

There are several types of dialysis treatments but this article will focus on peritoneal dialysis.

What is Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a type of dialysis that uses the inside lining of your own abdomen to filter and remove waste products such as toxins and excess fluid in those with kidney failure. It also corrects electrolyte problems when your kidneys can't adequately do the job any longer.

What to Expect

In order to perform dialysis treatments at home, kidney failure patients must have a caretaker or be able to care for themselves and be comfortable living in a sterile environment. If not, home dialysis may not be the right treatment for you.

PD Dialysis Equipment

There is a lot of equipment. This includes a dialysis machine, a stand that the machine will sit on, and an IV pole for manual treatment. Additionally, a two-month stockpile of dialysis solution and medical supplies will be needed in order to begin PD treatments at your home.

Storage for PD Dialysis Equipment

Make sure that you have storage space for all of the equipment. Some dialysis solution boxes may be stored in the garage. Other centers may request that they be stored in climate-controlled room. Check with your dialysis center.

PD Dialysis Supply Level

Keep in mind that dialysis is your medicine. Similar to other prescription drugs, you will be expected to have a 3-4 weeks supply of dialysis solution and materials in your home at all times. This means that your dialysis storage room will constantly be full with dialysis equipment


This page contains general information about peritoneal dialysis. Medical knowledge and practice can change rapidly. Therefore, this page should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

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