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  • New PD Prescription Core Curriculum Update for 2023

    Individualizing PD to align with patient lifestyle preferences should take precedence over small solute clearance targets, say global PD experts.

    Read the abstract » | (added 2023-01-10)

    Tags: Individualized PD, Patient Lifestyle, Solute Clearance, PD Prescription

  • Frequency of Sexual Dysfunction on PD

    A study enrolled 201 people who did CAPD for 3+ months (49 females and 65 males), with slightly more than half (n=114) under age 65). Gender-appropriate surveys administered in person, along with the SF-36 and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) revealed that almost 90% of women and almost 88% of men reported sexual dysfunction. Depression was highly prevalent as well. The authors concluded that not discussing and treating sexual dysfunction could adversely affect quality of life.

    Read the abstract » | (added 2023-01-10)

    Tags: CAPD, Depression, Sexual Dysfunction, Quality Of Life

  • Do Pets Boost the Risk of Peritonitis on PD? A DOPPS Study

    Surprisingly, the answer was no. Among 3,655 PD patients from eight country followed for a median of 14 months (55,475 patient months), the peritonitis rate was 0.29 episodes per year, with no increased risk for pet ownership—except in households with both cats and dogs, where the risk was 45% higher.

    Read the abstract » | (added 2023-01-10)

    Tags: Pets, Peritonitis, PD, DOPPS

  • Video-based vs. Traditional PD Training: Which is Better

    PD could be expanded more quickly if training did not have to be done one-on-one in person. In Italy, Videodialysis has been used since 2016 for remote patient and care partner training, after an initial home visit. In a small series (46 trainings; 21 at home and 25 by video), the video technique was found to be as effective as traditional training with fewer home visits.

    Read the abstract » | (added 2023-01-10)

    Tags: PD Training, Videodialysis, Home Visits, Telemedicine

  • A Safety Framework to Address Risk Factors for Home HD Dropout

    In an effort to pre-emptively identify and reduce drop out risks from a new home HD program, a clinic in Singapore undertook failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA). They listed each key process and sub-process, scored them for failure mode, and designed solutions. The transition from in-center to home HD was found to have the highest failure risk, in 59 areas, so two teams with different clinical experience developed a safety framework.

    Read the abstract » | (added 2023-01-10)

    Tags: Home HD, Risk Factors, Drop Out Risk, Failure Mode And Effects Analysis, Safety Framework