This two-day course is designed for home-care nurses who care for Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) patients. Hospital based nurses who care for peritoneal dialysis patients will also benefit from this course. The course comprises two theoretical education days which include demonstrations of Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD) and Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) including the use of fluids, connection sets, clamps, caps and catheters.
Course topics include:
Renal anatomy and physiology
Assessing for Acute Kidney Injury and Chronic Kidney Disease
Manifestations of Renal Failure
The Peritoneal Membrane and principles of PD
Anemia Management in Kidney Disease
PD Catheters – Care and assessment
Diagnosis and Treatment of Peritonitis
Considerations in patient training and PD programs
Infectious and Non-infectious Complications of PD
On completion of the course, you should be able to:
Describe normal renal function and the physical manifestations of acute and chronic kidney disease.
Describe the physiology of the peritoneal membrane and the principles of peritoneal dialysis.
Identify the steps in initiating and ending an automated PD and ambulatory PD session.
Define the guidelines used to assess and diagnose exit site infections and peritonitis.
Identify and describe the management of complications that may occur during peritoneal dialysis.
Describe the physiology of kidney disease associated anemia and the guidelines for treatment and management.