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Start with 1.5% glucose; use a higher concentration if patient is obviously fluid overloaded.

Instill two litres of dialysate into the abdomen through the catheter. Exchange hourly:

  • 20 minutes for instillation
  • 20 minutes for equilibration
  • 20 minutes for drainage

Encourage the patient to mobilise during equilibration to improve diffusion across the peritoneal membrane.

Continue dialysis for 48-72 hours.


  • blood pressure 4 hourly
  • body weight 6 hourly

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