How can I prepare for travel if I am on peritoneal dialysis?

People on peritoneal dialysis are not dependent on the availability of a dialysis unit. However, you will still need to plan ahead and arrange for back-up medical care for your trips, as do people on hemodialysis. Typically, this would mean contacting a dialysis center in the area and asking if they would be available should a problem arise. The center may request a copy of your medical records in advance. You should always carry a copy of your records with you as well.

People who do continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) should carry enough supplies for the length of the trip, plus some extra supplies in case of problems. For longer stays, it may also be possible to arrange for delivery of supplies to your destination. Make sure these supplies have arrived before you leave for your trip. People on CAPD also need to plan for adequate clean space where they can do their exchanges while traveling.

People who do automatic peritoneal dialysis (APD) and who plan to travel for one week or longer can arrange for supplies to be delivered to their destination. Smaller cycler machines are now available, which are easy to carry on airplanes and use in hotel rooms and campers.

Continue Learning about Dialysis


Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.

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