Preparing your home environment
- The APD cycler is designed to suit most households. The cycler will not take up much room space, but you will need some storage space for your APD supplies.
- The APD cycler should be placed on a stable, clean and flat surface (e.g., a table or trolley) with an electrical outlet nearby for the operation of the cycler. If a cloud-based remote patient monitoring platform is part of your therapy management, you will also require a power point nearby for your modem. Remote patient monitoring will allow your healthcare team to proactively identify problems and intervene early if required to avoid unplanned hospital or clinic visits.
- A best practice is to ensure that the door and windows are closed, and any fans are switched off, when connecting and disconnecting your PD catheter during APD. This helps to prevent potential dust and germs from entering your peritoneum.
Preparing APD accessories
- Your healthcare team will advise you of any additional accessories (such as gauze, tapes and disinfection caps) that will facilitate your APD treatment. More information will be shared before your training session so your APD treatment may begin smoothly.