what are your instructions re showers in a PD patient. Our units in the past instructed pt to take a shower with the dresssing on & change it after the shower & the gauze in the dressing tends to get soaked.I think it is better to take the dressing off clean the area , dry it & put anew dressing post bath. Do you agree?

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humaira, Doctor/MD from houston asked
what are your instructions re showers in a PD patient. Our units in the past instructed pt to take a shower with the dresssing on & change it after the shower & the gauze in the dressing tends to get soaked.I think it is better to take the dressing off clean the area , dry it & put anew dressing post bath. Do you agree?

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The dressing MUST be removed prior to the patient entering the shower. it is best for the patient to clean the exit site completely with soap and water (regular soap is OK), dry it completely, apply exit site antibiotic, and then place a dressing on.

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