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Archive of Western Canada PD Days

Western Canada PD Days was a showcase for innovative projects and cutting-edge approaches to the delivery of peritoneal dialysis as experienced by the four western provinces. National and international PD experts share their knowledge and enthusiasm for peritoneal dialysis.

WCPD Days 2017 was held on Thursday April 6 and Friday April 7, 2017 at the Simon Fraser Wosk Center for Dialogue

Thursday April 6

ISPD Peritonitis Recommendations: 2016 Update on Prevention and Treatment (PDF)

Speaker: Dr. Mauro Verrelli

Microbiology in PD (PDF)

Speaker: Dr. Sheryl Zelenitsky

Obesity Here and Now (PDF)

Speaker: Dr. Ali Zentner

Obesity Management and Treatment: Special Consideration in the PD Population (PDF)

Speaker: Dr. Judy Shiau 

Rural/Remote PD (PDF)

Speakers: Bonnie Futros and Rupinder Sandhu

Rural/Remote PD (PDF)

Speaker: Tammy Rizmayer

Caregiver Stress (PDF)

Neil Thompson

Friday April 7

Effective Use of Laparoscopy for Peritoneal Dialysis Access (PDF)

Speaker: Dr. John Crabtree 

PD Access is Access PD (PDF)

Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Perl

End of Life in Peritoneal Dialysis (PDF)

Speaker: Dr. Sara Davison

Peritoneal Dialysis as a Palliative Therapy (PDF)

Speaker: Dr. Gaylene Hargrove

Provincial Updates

AB: Sandi Vanderzee and Frances Reintjes (PDF)

BC: Dr. Suneet Singh and Sushila Saunders (PDF)

MB: Dr. Mauro Verrelli and Berlene Villanueva (PDF)

SK: Dr. Rod Stryker (PDF)

WCPD Days 2015 was held on April 9-10, 2015 at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront.

Conference Program


Thursday, April 9th

Use of PD in AKI: A Reawakening  Dr. Fred Finkelstein

Urgent Starts PD  Dr. Daniel Schwartz

The ISPD North American Research Consortium Dr. Robert Quinn

Standardizing PD Education Dr. Braden Manns

Managing Diabetes with PD: Teamwork  Pat Holmes and Sharon Kelly

Medication Management in PD Patients  Dr. Clifford Lo and Claudio Ho

Friday, April 10 th

International Perspective on PD  Dr. Fred Finkelstein

DMAR Calgary: Two Years of Quality Improvement  Dr. Robert Quinn

Patient Profile Projects in BC  Sarah Carriere

WCPD Days 2014 was held on April 3-4,2014 at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel.

Conference Program


Thursday, April 3rd

Optimal Preparation of Patients for Renal Replacement Therapy Judith Bernardini

Prescription Management: The Tough Cases Dr. Joanne Bargman

End of Life Care for Persons with End Stage Renal Disease Lisa Blacklock

Training the PD Patient Judith Bernardini

Preventing Peritonitis Judith Bernardini

Provincial Team Updates

British Columbia




Friday, April 4th

Ultrafiltration Failure Dr. Joanne Bargman

Biocompatible Peritoneal Dialysis Solutions: Have We Found One? Dr. Jeffrey Perl

Novel Osmotic Agents in PD: Moving Beyond Glucose Dr. Asher Mendelson

Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) Diagnosis & Therapeutics: Assisting Parents Undergoing Peritoneal Dialysis Dr. Steven Aung

Antihyperglycemic Agents and PD Patients: What We Need to Remember Jane Lin and Dr. Robin Cho

‎WCPD Days 2013 was held on February 7-9, 2013 at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. 

Conference Program 


Thursday, February 7th

Provincial Updates

British Columbia




Friday, February 8th

Ode to Dr. Demitrios Oreopoulos Dr. Jack Moncrief 

Cardiology and Nephrology - Specialties with Acronyms Dr. Victor Huckell 

Protein and Energy: Are PD Patients Different? Vicky Ngo 

Introduction to the Peritoneal Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Pattern Study Dr. Jeffrey Perl 

Moncrief-Popovich Catheter and Implantation Technique: The AV Fistula of PD Dr. Mrinal Dasgupta 

Embedded Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Dr. Jack Moncrief 

Urgent Starts - Experience in Western Canada: Practice Summary and Issues 

Hybrid Dialysis: Practice Issues Dr. Gaylene Hargrove 

Saturday, February 9th

Peritoneal Dialysis Prescriptions: A Primer for Nurses Betty Kelman 

Medication Reconciliation: We All Share the Responsibility Clifford Lo and Bob Dutta 

Surviving Peritoneal Dialysis: The Journey from Novice to Expert Betty Kelman 

On-call PD Nursing 

When the End Arrives: A Practical Approach to Terminal Care in PD Patients Dr. Chandra Thomas 

Ethnic Food and PD Patients: What to Be Aware of Jiak Chin Koh 

PD Outcomes: Do Patient Socio-Demographics Matter? Dr. Rajnish Mehrotra

Western Canada PD Days 2012 was held on February 23-25, 2012 at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel.

Conference Program


  • Perspectives: Provincial Programs and International Initiatives Dr. Adeera Levin

From Local to Global

  • The Challenge of Treating Kidney Failure in the Developing World: Focus on PD Dr. Paul Harden
  • Expanding Home Dialysis Across the World  Dr. Suneet Singh

Why PD Works

  • The Role of Peritoneal Dialysis Across the Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT) Continuum Dr. Martin Schreiber
  • Aboriginal Outcomes of ESRD in Canada: Identifying Differences in Dialysis Modality and Transplantation Dr. Manish Sood


  • Demystifying PD Catheter Insertion Dr. Suneet Singh
  • Pre-Sternal Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Dr. Peter Blair

Unique Populations & PD

  • Good Old Timers: Using PD in Older Patients as an "Optimal Therapy" Dr. Vanita Jassal
  • Managing Renal Replacement Therapy in Young Adults Dr. Paul Harden
  • Preventing Increased Intra-Peritoneal Volume (IIPV) - Solutions & Tradeoffs   Dr. James Sloand
  • Sodium Sieving: What's It All About? Dr. James Sloand
  • The Role of Peritoneal Dialysis in Cardio-Renal Syndrome Berlene Villanueva
  • Expanding PD Horizons: The Seven Oaks Hospital Experience Cindy Skidmore, Henni Dyck and Louise McBeth
  • Southern Alberta Renal Program: Cycler Assist Program Janice James
  • Let's Get Physical! The Manitoba Renal Program Exercise Initiative Cindy Skidmore
  • Optimal Fluid Balance and Body Impedance Dr. Ted Toffelmire
  • Peritonitis: Important to Know, Important to Prevent Dr. Paul Taylor

Western Canada PD Day 2009 was held on August 27, 2009 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver.

Conference Program


  • Home Visits: The Good and the Bad Ina Graham, Jennifer Chow, Nancy Erb
  • Kootenay Boundary Renal Program: Telerenal - Where We Were and Where We Are Now Katy Burke
  • Catheter Insertion Guidelines Dr. Victor Chan
  • Nursing Initiatives to Reduce Peritonitis and Increase Retention: Northern Alberta Renal Program Experience Irene Ryll
  • Does Size Matter? Saskatoon Health Region's PD Growth and Challenges Dr. Rod Stryker
  • Benchmarking PD Program Quality Dr. Claudio Rigatto and Dr. Mauro Verrelli

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