Disinfection of lines and transfer sets in peritoneal dialysis.
ABSTRACT Peritoneal dialysis (PD) exchanges require sterile equipment, supplies, and technique. Sterility may be maintained with single use. However, when equipment such as lines and transfer sets are used repeatedly, disinfection techniques become a critical aspect in preventing infectious complications. Techniques available for disinfection of lines and transfer sets in PD will be reviewed.
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ABSTRACT: Peritoneal infection and poor ultrafiltration continue to be the major causes of treatment failure in CAPD. The combined effects of peritonitis and the continuous exposure to dialysis fluid remain the most likely candidates affecting the peritoneum in the long term. The purpose of this study was to observe the effects of peritonitis and dialysis on longitudinal peritoneal function. The peritoneal equilibration test (PET) was utilized to quantify longitudinal changes in low-molecular-weight solute transfer (D/P(creat)) and ultrafiltration (UF) in 233 patients treated with CAPD. Of these, 166 represented an unselected cohort (Group 1) studied prospectively from commencing treatment for up to 54 months, and 67 were selected patients (Group 2) with PET data available at commencement of the study, having been on dialysis for a minimum of 18 months. PETs were performed either 6-monthly or following peritonitis episodes. Data on the short-term effect of peritonitis kinetics were pooled for groups 1 and 2. Single, isolated episodes (n = 86) had no significant effect on D/P(creat) or UF, whereas recurrences or clusters of infection (n = 70) caused increases in D/P(creat) and reductions in UF, the significance of which increased with the number of episodes. There were significant correlations between both changes in D/P(creat) and UF with the cumulative dialysate leukocyte count, regardless of infecting organism, suggesting that intensity of peritoneal inflammation is also important. Those organisms associated with greater change in peritoneal kinetics, e.g. S. aureus, Pseudomonas, also had the highest neutrophil counts. The longitudinal changes in peritoneal kinetics were analysed for patients in group 1 only. There was a highly significant increase in D/P(creat) after 6 months treatment; this increased further with time on treatment, reaching further significance at 42 and 48 months. There was an associated reduction in UF. In view of the short-term effects of peritonitis on kinetics group 1 was further subdivided into patients who were either peritonitis free or only experienced isolated infections, group 1a, and those that had multiple infection episodes, group 1b. Treatment drop-out, due to death or technical failure occurred at double the rate in group 1b, who also had significantly higher D/P(creat) and lower UF at 1, 6, 12, 18 and 24 months of treatment. Group 1a subsequently caught up, however, indicating that peritonitis is not the only factor influencing long-term changes in peritoneal kinetics. These data suggest that solute transfer increases and UF declines with time on peritoneal dialysis. This process is exacerbated and accelerated by peritonitis, and appears to be proportional to the degree of associated inflammation and number of infections in close proximity.Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 04/1996; 11(3):498-506. · 3.49 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Since its introduction in 1981, peritoneal dialysis (PD) has become firmly established as an effective mode of renal replacement therapy and serves an increasing patient population in Korea. The latest registry data indicate that about 3700 end-stage renal disease patients are maintained on chronic PD, representing 24.1% of the country's dialysis population. The majority (93.3%) of these patients are on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) using the two-bag disconnect system, while only 3.3% are on automated PD. Under current renal reimbursement policies, most dialysis patients have to pay 20% of dialysis fees. Thus CAPD patients on 4 x 2-L daily exchanges pay about US$200 per month, not including medication and travel costs. Traditionally, most PD centers in Korea have used the "standard" prescription of 4 exchanges of 2 L of solution for most of their patients. A recent survey of 1467 patients who commenced CAPD in 1997 revealed that 84% of these patients were initially prescribed 4 x 2-L exchanges, while 12% were given a daily volume of 6 L. With this standard prescription, the percentages of Korean CAPD patients initially achieving the adequacy target of Kt/V urea > or = 2.0 and standardized creatinine clearance (SCCr) > or = 60 L/week/1.73 m2, were 74.4% and 82.1%, respectively. It is likely that, among current Korean CAPD patients, a much lower percentage will achieve the clearance targets compared to this initial outcome, but the precise data are not available. However, it is not clear whether the levels of small-solute clearance recommended for optimal PD outcomes, and proposed by the NKF-DOQI guidelines, will bring the expected benefits to Korean patients. Overall survival of Korean PD patients appears to be as good as, or even better than, that in most other countries. Recently, a single large PD center reported patient survival of 92.1%, 85.6%, 81.4%, and 67.6% at 1, 2, 3, and 5 years respectively. Other centers also reported similar outcomes. As in other countries, cardiovascular deaths predominate among Korean patients: death was due to cardiac causes in 29%, to vascular causes in 21%, and to infectious causes in 24%. Peritonitis is the most important barrier to prolonged use of CAPD in Korea, and more PD patients transfer to hemodialysis because of peritonitis than in other countries. To further reduce the morbidity and mortality of Korean PD patients, various control measures need to be implemented that can reduce or prevent peritonitis and other infectious complications. Also, to further improve long-term patient outcome, Korean nephrologists need to establish and practice optimal clearance targets in the chronic care of these patients.Peritoneal dialysis international: journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis 02/1999; 19 Suppl 3:S17-25. · 2.20 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Recently, disconnect systems for CAPD that are associated with a reduced frequency of peritonitis have been introduced. Our objective was to compare the incidence of peritonitis using three current CAPD systems in a high-risk population with low educational and socioeconomic levels, and high prevalence of malnutrition. In a prospective controlled trial, 147 patients commencing CAPD were randomly assigned to one of three groups: 29 to the conventional, 57 to the Y-set, and 61 to the twin bag systems. The number of peritonitis episodes was registered, and patients were followed up for an average of 11.3 months. The average peritonitis-free interval for the conventional group was 6.1 months, for the Y system was 12.0 months, and for the twin bag was 24.8 months (P < 0.001). By multivariate analysis, the only factor associated with peritonitis was the CAPD system. Peritonitis-related hospitalization was 5.3 +/- 2.0, 2.7 +/- 1.0, and 1.5 +/- 0.9 days/patient/year in the conventional, Y system, and twin bag groups, respectively. The cost per bag was similar for the conventional and Y system, but higher for the twin bag. However, the total costs of treatment (pesos/patient/year) were lower for twin bag (62,159 for the conventional, 70,275 for the Y system, and 54,387 for the twin bag), due to the lower peritonitis incidence and associated hospitalizations. Y system and twin bag use was associated with a reduction of 50 and 75% peritonitis incidence, respectively, in patients on CAPD. The cost of the twin bag was actually lower, because of savings from a decreased usage of antibiotics and fewer hospitalizations.Kidney International 01/1999; 54(6):2123-8. · 8.52 Impact Factor