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QUESTION: Do double bag and Y-set exchange systems reduce peritonitis in patients receiving continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) compared with standard systems?
Randomised and quasi-randomised trials in any language were identified by searching Medline (1966 to September 1999), EMBASE/Excerpta Medica (1984 to October 1999), CINAHL (1982–96), BIOSIS (1985–96), Cochrane Library, SIGLE (1980 to June 1996), and National Research Register (14th consolidation September 1996); hand searching Kidney International (1980–97); reviewing bibliographies of studies and relevant book chapters; and contacting authors and relevant biomedical companies.
Studies were selected if they included patients with end stage renal disease who were treated or expected to be treated with CAPD, and if they compared double bag and/or Y-set exchange systems with standard CAPD exchange systems or compared double bag …
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