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Revista de la Sociedad Española de Enfermería Nefrológica

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LIMA COMAS, Catalina et al. Occlusive dressings in the shower: are they capable of reducing infections of the peritoneal catheter exit site?. Rev Soc Esp Enferm Nefrol [online]. 2007, vol.10, n.2, pp.72-76. ISSN 1139-1375.

Infections of the peritoneal catheter exit site are the cause of high morbidity in peritoneal dialysis, and become a condition affecting maintenance of the technique. In previous studies we showed that washing the exit site with previously boiled water, applied since 1996, was capable of reducing exit-site infections caused by pseudomonas. In 2003, we added to the cleaning of the exit site with boiled water, protection whilst showering using occlusive dressings that excluded contact of the exit site with domestic water. With this observational study in which we analyse the density of exit-site incidents, we wish to show the results concerning infections, applying the two prophylactic measures in two groups of patients. The combination of washing the exit site with boiled water plus the occlusive dressings has been shown to be effective in preventing against infections of the exit site.

Keywords : peritoneal dialysis; catheter; infection; dressing.

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