The PD-BRACE™ is a device for CCPD (continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis) that holds the “patient line” connected to the cycler during the night while the patient is asleep without kinking or potentially obstructing the flow of the dialysate in and out of the peritoneal cavity. It is worn on either leg, between the knee and the ankle.
Worn in conjunction with the PD-BELT™, distributed exclusively by HealthCare Specialties’ CAPD Support Products division, its purpose is to prevent the cycler’s patient line from kinking, collapsing, or interrupting the flow of fill and drain phases causing alarms, which will disrupt the patient’s sleep.The patient line is threaded through all three tabs on the PD-BRACE™, which will still leave enough slack for comfort and free movement and a snug fit for a tight hold on the patient line. The PD-BRACE™ will still allow the patient line to “slide” if necessary.After the patient line has been connected to the PD catheter, as instructed by the manufacturer of the cycler, an essential companion to the PD-BRACE™ the PD-BELT™ is re-fastened around the catheter and the patient line is guided down the patient’s leg to the PD-BRACETM already applied between the ankle and the knee. The PD-BRACE™ is now ready to provide the comfort and security of a restful night’s sleep.
The PD-BRACE™ was designed and tested by PD patients using Fresenius’ “Freedom PD Plus” cycler, but it works equally well with the Baxter HomeChoice machine. Ideally, the PD-BRACE™ should be worn on the leg closest to the edge of the bed on the same side where the cycling machine is located. It is also recommended, for maximum comfort and wherever possible, that the PD-BRACE™ be worn on the opposite leg to the patient’s exit site. It can be worn on bare skin or over pajamas.