Accessories for PD Patients
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Accessories often add value to or ease the use of certain items. It could be a GPS included in a car to help with navigation or it could be a piece of jewelry that enhances an outfit — accessories, whether complex or simple, can make life less complicated and more enjoyable. So why not use that same approach for peritoneal dialysis (PD)? PD accessories have been developed to help people better their quality of life on home dialysis. We list some items that may be of interest to you.
Peritoneal dialysis belts
PD belts hold a PD catheter in place when a patient isn’t using it to dialyze. Many patients find belts more comfortable than tape and feel more secure going about their daily activities knowing that their catheter is protected. PD belts come in many sizes and designs for added comfort. Some belts are made of mesh and are ideal for hot weather, showering and swimming (to prevent infection, be sure to get your doctor’s approval and instructions before doing any water activities). Many PD belts are reasonably priced and are machine washable. Companies specializing in PD belts are:
Some PD healthcare teams have seen their patients make their own belts. If you have questions about creating a belt, or any other PD accessory, your healthcare team can help guide you so that you choose materials that are safe and comfortable.
Peritoneal dialysis solution cases and warmers
PD cases and warmers are designed to keep dialysis solution safe and temperate before use. They are helpful for home or travel and come in hard or soft materials. Stickman Industries and Phipps & Bird offer bags with household power cords and a cigarette lighter plug.
Basic peritoneal dialysis accessories to create a comfortable environment
It’s important for patients to make PD as easy and comfortable as possible. Whether PD is performed manually during the day or with a cycler at night, there are many items that can help a patient relax while receiving treatment, including:
- A comfortable place to sit with pillows and/or back support
- A book, magazine or newspaper to read or a movie to watch
- Materials for scrapbooking or creating a family tree
- Listening to guided meditation
- Dark curtains
- A sleeping mask
- Sound machine
- A memory foam mattress pad or pillow
Beyond the basic peritoneal dialysis accessories
Different PD accessory providers have gone a step further with their offerings.
- Carriage House Enterprises specializes in camisoles and t-shirts that have built-in catheter pockets. They are ideal for layering or sleeping.
- Sheila Shaw, from Patient’s Pride, wrote a book called 5 Simple Steps to Do Peritoneal Dialysis Correctly. She covers tips, myths and the importance of catheter placement.
- Stickman Industries sells The ABCs of Pee Dee with Zee, a children’s book to educate young ones about PD. They’ve also designed a spill-free toilet clip for disposal of waste fluid.
Peritoneal dialysis and travel accessories
One of the many lifestyle benefits that PD patients experience is the freedom to travel. The most important travel arrangements are those for PD equipment and supplies, which may be pre-shipped. After your clothes, first aid kit and doctor’s phone numbers are packed, it’s time to focus on making the vacation enjoyable and fun. Consider bringing:
- A cooler with kidney-friendly snacks
- Neck pillow
- Books and magazines
- Journal or sketchpad
- Camera for photos or video
- Travel games or playing cards
- DVDs, CDs or MP3 player
With the right tools and equipment, many things in life can be made easier. The same should go for peritoneal dialysis. Accessories, whether specific to PD or not, can make the dialyzing process more comfortable when you want to have a good night’s sleep, travel or go about your everyday life.
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