Remote monitoring of peritoneal dialysis: Why? Where? How?

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Peritoneal dialysis as a modality can offer its patients several advantages including increased independence, no need for regular hospital or center visits, and fewer lost work hours. However some, disadvantages such as leaving the complete onus on the patient to do his own therapy and being far away from the nephrologist can lead to unwillingness or a fear of choosing PD. Over the last few years, our PD unit has developed a PD remote monitoring protocol using simple and easily available, technology like digital cameras, and mobile telecommunication along with a regular home visit, schedule. The aim of this protocol is to reduce the mental burden of PD, to reduce the complexity of the, procedure, to keep the nephrologist well informed about the patient status, and to ensure adherence to, the proper technique. In this article we explain our process and corroborate its usefulness with the, help of two studies conducted in our center.




Nayak Karopadi, A., Antony, S., Subhramanyam, S. V., & Nayak, K. S. (2013, April). Remote monitoring of peritoneal dialysis: Why? Where? How? Hong Kong Journal of Nephrology.

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