Exit site infections (ESI) and peritoneal catheter tunnel infections are strongly associated with peritonitis. Alternative exit-site dressings can include the use of water and soap and the absence of sterile gauze. This article reports our experience with “naked” exit-sites, meaning without any kind of gauze to cover them. From January 2017 to October 2020, we enrolled 38 patients of the Nephrology and Dialysis Unit of the “San Martino” Hospital in Belluno. Nine of these patients had a “naked” exit-site. At the end of the study, no significant differences were found in the percentage of ESI-free patients, in the incidence rate of ESI, in the relative risk of developing ESI and in the incidence rate of peritonitis.
Keywords: peritoneal dialysis, exit-site dressing, exit-site infections