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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.

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