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Enfermería Nefrológica

On-line version ISSN 2255-3517Print version ISSN 2254-2884


MARTIN ESPEJO, Jesús Lucas et al. Benefits of peritoneal rest. Enferm Nefrol [online]. 2015, vol.18, n.3, pp.174-179. ISSN 2255-3517.

Introduction: To assess whether the peritoneal rest at least one day a week has led to improvements in the rehabilitation of patients, and the clinical impact that can be achieved. We also propose to quantify the economic benefit. Material and methods: A longitudinal, retrospective, descriptive study was conducted. Of those patients seen in our unit from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014, patients who fulfilled all the monitoring year and that at the same time they were not subjected to other purification techniques such as dialysis or transplantation kidney were studied. The study sample was composed of 40 patients, of whom 21 had prescribed at least 1 weekly day of peritoneal rest, and 19 patients without rest. The following variables at baseline and 12 months of the study period were recorded: Demographic variables, variables related to volume status, clinical data related to the technique and data related to a satisfaction survey, as well as the amounts of the monthly cost of each type of treatment. Results: The initial differences between the groups were expected since they are the values on which is based the prescription of the rest day. Exposure to glucose at the beginning and the end was lower in the group with rest. At one year, no differences in the studied parameters were found. A satisfaction survey revealed to us the activity that patients spend the rest day, as well as the activity that would perform those who not rest. Conclusions: The peritoneal rest has not meant a worse outcome of the clinical parameters studied at one year, fulfilling the recommendations of dialysis adequacy of the guidelines. Although not statistically significant for the duration of the study, exposure to glucose was lower in the group with rest. The rest day has mainly provided to patients to improve their social rehabilitation. Rest days have generated savings on the monthly bill of 13.33%.

Keywords : peritoneal dialysis; peritoneal rest; rehabilitation.

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