Caring for Your Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter
The dressing on your abdomen should stay
clean, dry, and firmly taped. Do not take
showers or baths. Do not get the dressings
wet until the Peritoneal Dialysis staff tells
you it is okay. If the dressings become
loose, add more tape and gauze if needed.
Do not lift more than 15 pounds for the 1st
week. Then lift no more than 30 pounds for
Avoid straining while having a bowel
The nurses in Peritoneal Dialysis will
change the dressings when you return for
your next visit. At that time, they will set up
weekly visits for you. At these visits, the
nurse will change your dressing. The nurse
will also run some fluids in and out of the
catheter to make sure it works well. This
will be done weekly until you are fully
healed and you begin training for home
dialysis. This will be in about 3-4 weeks or
as determined by your doctor.
When to Call the PD Nurse or the Doctor
ξ Bloody dressings
ξ Wet dressings
ξ Abdominal pain, either deep inside
you or on the surface. If pain is
normal for you, call if you have more
pain or if the pain changes.
ξ Fever more than 100.5 θF or chills.
ξ Nausea and vomiting.
Call the Peritoneal Dialysis Clinic, at
(608) 270 -5643 – 8 AM – 4:30 PM,
Monday thru Friday.
After hours, weekends, and holidays call
(608) 262-0486 or (608) 263-6400. This
will give you the paging operator. Ask for
the “PD nurse on call” or your doctor.
Leave your name and phone number with
the area code. The nurse or doctor will call
If you live out of the area, please call:
If you will not be returning to Wisconsin
Dialysis for follow-up, call your local PD
unit within the next 24 hours for further
Return to the PD Clinic at Wisconsin
Dialysis Inc. on
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 7/2017. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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