This procedure is called an exchange - it takes 20 to 30 minutes to perform and needs to be done 4 times a day.
During the 4 to 6 hours between exchanges the bag is disconnected leaving you with only a capped-off, short, rubber tube.
Training for CAPD
If you are going to have CAPD, you will learn about all aspects of using this method at your Unit - but you will not begin to use it on your own until you feel confident to do so.
You will receive thorough training in bag changing and sterile techniques. The time it takes to learn varies from one person to another, but the average time is a week to 10 days. CAPD is a simple and flexible treatment and the procedure is not difficult to learn. It will soon become part of your everyday routine.
Once you are established on CAPD, you will continue to attend your Unit for regular outpatient appointments. It will be important for you to keep daily records of your treatment in a book that will be provided and to take this book with you when you go to the Unit.
Content Last Updated: 3rd September 2012. Page Last Updated: 20th May 2009.
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