The doctor has inserted a dialysis catheter in to your chest or groin / leg so that the dialysis nurses can perform Hemodialysis treatments. The main risk with the dialysis catheter is possible infection. The dialysis catheter can sometimes stop working without any warning. Sometimes this problem can be fixed with a medication called tPA, which is inserted in to the catheter by a doctor or a dialysis nurse. Sometimes the medication does not work and the doctor may have to insert a new catheter.
Here are some general guidelines how to look after your dialysis catheter:
TO PREVENT INFECTIONS:
If you accidentally remove catheter:
If you accidentally cut the catheter:
If your catheter site dressing gets wet: