Tuesday 7 February 2012

How To Take Care The Vascular Access also know as “Fistula”

Taking Care of Your FistulaAs mentioned in my previous post, my father will have his minor operation of arteriovenous fistula  on Saturday, February 11, 2012. I have research about “ How to take care the vascular Access (Fistula) “ and here is what I found.

  • Make sure that the nurse who will conduct the dialysis will check the access before each treatment.
  • Keep the access clean at all times
  • Use the access site only for dialysis
  • Be careful not to bump or cut your access.
  • Don’t let anyone put blood pressure on the side where the fistula is installed
  • Don’t wear Jewelry or tight clothes over your access side.
  • Don’t sleep with your access arm under your head or body
  • Don’t lift heavy or put pressure on your access arm.
  • Check the pulse in your access everyday
  • Always pray before you sleep (very important)

Here are just some point to remember on taking care of the vascular access. Taking care of this access will mean savings for the treatment.

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  1. I remember my dad. He underwent 1 month of dialysis before he died, even before he had his minor operation of arteriovenous fistula. He was receiving dialysis treatment in her neck and it made him so uncomfortable. I hope your father is doing well in his treatment.:)

  2. Dexter Panganiban11 February 2012 at 22:43

    He just finished his minor operation of arteriovenous fistula yesterday. And We are also hoping that all will be fine with God's grace. He still have this connection on his neck. And I have been told that it will be remove when the Fistula starts working as it should be.

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