We have a patient we will be training in November that only speaks Burmese. We do have access to a translator device for the training, however we were looking for some written patient education materials in Burmese for her to refer to at home if she has questions. We were looking for at least something discussing signs and symptoms of peritonitis, exit site infection, when to contact the clinic, etc. Does anyone have access to any training materials specific for peritoneal dialysis in that language? I have tried reaching out to several PD programs in more metropolitan areas thinking they may have a more diverse population they have trained, but all seem to only have Spanish information.

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Julie Yordy , Nurse from Danville, PA USA asked
We have a patient we will be training in November that only speaks Burmese. We do have access to a translator device for the training, however we were looking for some written patient education materials in Burmese for her to refer to at home if she has questions. We were looking for at least something discussing signs and symptoms of peritonitis, exit site infection, when to contact the clinic, etc. Does anyone have access to any training materials specific for peritoneal dialysis in that language? I have tried reaching out to several PD programs in more metropolitan areas thinking they may have a more diverse population they have trained, but all seem to only have Spanish information.

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Nurse (Canada) November 1, 2019

We thank you for your interesting question. I have checked with my colleagues on the Nursing Liaison Committee of ISPD but none of us is aware of a handout discussing signs and symptoms of peritonitis, exit-site infection, when to contact the clinic etc. written in Burmese. However, we do feel that an excellent approach is try to have this information in pictures/photographs. For example, a healthy PD catheter exit site plus one that is infected; clear fluid in a PD bag plus one of cloudy PD effluent.
Now, of general interest to your patient and his/her family members, the Kidney Health Australia website does have information for patients translated into many different languages that you can download. Information in Burmese is available on the following topics: Are you at risk of kidney disease? Looking after yourself with CKD; Nutrition and Kidney Failure; and Treatment Options. These same fact sheets in English are also available. The website is: https://kidney.org.au/about-us/resources-library/translations
We would also like to point out that for patient safety, we feel it is important that you have a family member available in the home who speaks both Burmese and English, so if there is a problem, the issue can be discussed with the PD nurse on call and/or the nephrologist. We feel the same would need to be in place for clinic visits.

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