Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis

The information here is given as a guide only and patients are advised to seek further information from their doctor.

Weight & Fluid Balance Size of Dialysis Bags

The Dialysis Solution (Dialysate) is supplied in bags. The bags can be 1500 ml, 2000 ml or 2,500 ml. You will be advised which bags to use, depending on how much dialysis your body needs, and you will be supplied accordingly.

You will receive expert training from your CAPD nurse which will give you all the expertise and confidence you need to be happily independant. Of course you will always have the support and advice of the your doctor when needed. In between doing your CAPD you can lead a normal active, working life.

Your body weight will vary if there is fluid loss (you will weight less) or fluid retention (you will weight more). This can easily be corrected by the strength of the Dialysis Bag used for the next Exchange or series of Exchanges.

You should strive to keep to your ideal body weight. Your weight will be higher "Overloaded" if your body has taken on too much fluid. Your weight will be lower than normal if your body has lost too much fluid and become "Dehydrated".

If you become "Dehydrated" you weight less.If you have become "Overloaded" you weight more. You will be supplied with a Patient Record Book in which to record your daily weight loss or weight gain. If you have moved away from your ideal body weight you will soon learn which Bag to use to correct things.

Strength of Dialysis Solutions

There are 3 strengths of Dialysate Fluid (lactate / glucose).

1.5% Low Concentration 2.5% Medium Concentration 4.25% Higher Concentration

Different strengths and combinations of bags are used in order to maintain a steady body weight.