Peritonitis – A Complication of Peritoneal Dialysis


Peritonitis is inflammation of the peritoneal membrane, which is usually the result of an infection. It is a common and a potentially life-threatening complication of peritoneal dialysis.

It is essential that Aboriginal health practitioners and workers, and nurses understand the risk factors for peritonitis and how it may be prevented. This module discusses risks, prevention strategies, signs and symptoms, and treatment options for peritonitis.

This module is for all clinicians who care for patients in an Aboriginal health service undergoing peritoneal dialysis for their renal disease.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Understand the risk factors for peritonitis.
  • Know the at-risk groups for peritonitis.
  • Assist in preventing peritonitis by educating the at-risk groups.
  • Know the signs and symptoms for peritonitis.
  • Understand the recommended treatment for peritonitis.

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