Kidneys

All About Catheters

Apr 6, 2017

During dialysis treatment, some patients may require a catheter as an access point. This is a soft tube that is often placed into one of the body’s large veins. This allows the body to pump the blood into the artificial kidney machine and back into the body. This is an important piece of equipment in ensuring that the process is done correctly so taking great care of the catheter is important.

Concerns About the Catheter

There are some concerns regarding the catheter of which you should be aware. This includes the possibility of a clot forming inside the catheter or at the outside, blocking the flow of the blood, making it slower than doctor recommendations. Another potential concern is infection, which can occur even if the blood flow is optimal. A great concern of having a catheter is that it is 15 times more likely to get infected than a fistula. To prevent any kind of infection, it should be properly cared for and cleaned per the provided instructions. Proper catheter maintenance is crucial.

Caring for the Catheter

Make sure you follow proper instructions regarding the care of the catheter in order to avoid potential problems. Keep the dressing dry and clean with the area of the insertion site remaining clean at each session. Be sure to never remove the catheter’s cap. This would allow air in and that must never happen. If you notice a problem with the catheter or the area around it appears red and sore, reach out to professionals as soon as possible.

Understand the catheter to ensure it works well and to avoid any potential problems. You can have peace of mind when you know more about your catheter, its purpose, and how you should care for it. Because of the complications that come along with a catheter, we recommend exploring other treatment options before deciding on a catheter.

At Satellite Healthcare, we want to ensure that our patients have the best care possible. We truly care about your well-being and explain the entire situation so you know what to expect.

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