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Review: double bag or Y-set systems reduce peritonitis in patients on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis

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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?

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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.

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Studies were selected if they included patients with end stage renal disease who were …

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  • Source of funding: NHS Executive Research and Development Programme UK.

  • For correspondence: Dr C Daly, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Aberdeen, Polwarth Building, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD, UK. Fax +44 (0)122 469 9884.