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Peritoneal dialysis is a type of treatment for kidney failure. It uses the lining in your abdominal cavity to filter waste and water from your body. The process can be time-consuming, but it may also help you feel better.

This blog post will give you all the information you need about peritoneal dialysis so that you know what to expect if this becomes necessary for you or someone close to you. Learning Objectives and Goals: Describe what peritoneal dialysis is; describe how it works; list potential side effects of receiving caregiving from a nurse who provides this treatment to clients. Create content for Caregiver’s Guide to Peritoneal Dialysis.

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Peritoneal dialysis is a type of hemodialysis which removes waste and extra fluid from the blood while also delivering much needed water to the body. A tube called an “umbilical” or “T-tube” with two small holes at either end, one slightly larger than the other, is inserted through the abdominal wall into a space between tissues that surrounds your stomach (peritoneum). The peritoneum has many folds in it so inserting the T-tube can be difficult; however once you get past these folds, you will feel resistance and then pop right through. Then put something underneath to catch any urine as this may happen when you insert your T-tube – no worries! 

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