Monday, November 22, 2010

APD - Night tres

The last thing that occurs during the therapy is his peritoneal cavity fills with 2 liters of the fluid. The first thing that happens after hook up at night is an initial drain of the fluid that has been sitting working it's magic for some 12 hours during the day. The initial drain usually takes about 15-20 minutes. The nurse set the machine to drain a minimum of 1700mls per drain.

Lastnight it took an hour to drain. The machine kept giving the error message Low Drain Volume. We went through the whole manual and troubleshooting book in an attempt to stop the beeps that occured every 2 minutes.

No dice.

I text the nurse sometime before 11pm. Naturally, she didn't respond right away so I did a crash course on the bypass feature on the machine. Turns out this was the right thing to do. Everything fell into place after that and we had no beeps until this morning when the tab from one of the fluid bags had a kink in its tubing. Easily fixed.

The point is, it's all about troubleshooting the machine more than anything else. The machine was only unfriendly because it hadn't met it's draining minimum yet and was unable to pull out anymore fluid.

The machine needs an f9 button.

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