Drip stand organizer for peritoneal dialysis
For Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD)
Adequate clean space to do your exchanges – the room or area you choose shouldn’t have a lot of traffic in or out, shouldn’t have open windows and should if possible have enough room for your other peritoneal dialysis (PD) supplies.
Normally delivered monthly, you will need space for around 30 boxes of supplies. Your supply company will help you, but you might need a helper to organize the boxes within your residence. The boxes are pretty heavy and do need to be kept in a dry space.
You will also need:
- A chair – this is where you will do your exchanges
- Table – a clean surface that you can place your supplies on to perform an exchange
- Toilet – used to dispose of dwell waste products
- I.V. pole – or any other surface used to hang your dialysate bags from
- Heating pad – to bring the dialysate up to body temperature. This provides both comfort and helps to speed along the exchange of fluids.
- Scale – used to help track your weight and progress during treatment
- Disinfectant – used to keep you and your work surfaces clean
- Masks – needed for you and your partner to minimize the risk of infection
- Dialysis supplies (bags of dialysate, waste bags, connection devices) – monthly supplies that you will use to do each exchange
- Supplies for documenting your care such as paper and pencil or a computer document
For Continuous Cycling Peritoneal Dialysis (CCPD)
Similar equipment is needed for CCPD, but the main difference is the need for an automated cycling machine.
Machines currently available include:
- The Baxter HomeChoice and HomeChoice Pro information.
- The HomeChoice is a pump based cycler that helps you perform PD treatments at night.
- The HomeChoice Pro captures information during a dialysis session and sends this information to your providers. This allows your doctor to update your treatment and monitor your condition.
- The Fresenius Medical Care Liberty Cycler and Newton IQ Cycler information can be.
- The Liberty cycler features a large color touch screen and can be used for both time-based and cycle based programs.
- The Newton IQ Cycler works similarly to the HomeChoice Pro system and enables your providers to monitor your treatment progress and make updates based off of your information.
Beyond the machine you will also need:
- Dialysis supplies (larger bags of PD solution, drain bag or drain line, cassettes and tubing and other connection devices)
- Space for your machine and supplies
- Depending on the machine type, supplies for documenting your care such as paper and pencil or a computer document.