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Doctor insights on: Waterproof Bandages For Dialysis Catheter For Swimming

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dialysis (Definition)

Simple answer is that it is a medical technology used primarily to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Hemodialysis remove wastes and excess water from the blood by circulating blood outside the body through an external filter, called a dialyzer. Blood and dialysate flow through in opposite directions and the ...Read more


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Why does a dialysis catheter clog sometimes?

Why does a dialysis catheter clog sometimes?

Catheter Clogs: Causes of intermittent peritoneal dialysis catheter malfunction are: 1) a tissue called the omentum has wrapped itself around the catheter; 2) the catheter openings are up against the bowel; or 3) the catheter openings are against the lining of the abdominal cavity called the peritoneum. One added reason that really is serious is impending infection. Need to talk with your dr. About this. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: dialysis catheter insertion?

What is the definition or description of: dialysis catheter insertion?

See below: A dialysis catheter is a conduit to access either the blood stream or the peritoneal cavity to enable to performance of dialysis.
Hemodialysis catheters can be acute or temporary or chronic and in that case tunnelled under the skin. Peritoneal catheters are always tunnelled and enter the abdominal wall. Insertion is done with local anesthesia under ultrasound guidance or surgically. ...Read more

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What exactly is peritoneal dialysis catheter manipulation?

What exactly is peritoneal dialysis catheter manipulation?

PD Catheters: This is a procedure that is used to get a malfunctioning catheter to work again. There are many different ways this is done - putting a wire down the catheter or putting other devices down the catheter. Ask you doctor for a more thorough explanation. ...Read more

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When can I expect my peritoneal dialysis catheter be removed?

When can I expect my peritoneal dialysis catheter be removed?

When infection occur: Peritoneal catheter can serve for long years unless a resistant infection develops or open abdominal surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Husband has chest hemodialysis catheter and went swimming last night without waterproof bandage over exit site. Is this ok?

Husband has chest hemodialysis catheter and went swimming last night without waterproof bandage over exit site. Is this ok?

No: Since the site is not waterproof, it is not generally ok. However he might be lucky enough to not have water entering the unsealed area. However if there is any abdominal or chest discomfort, be sure to get him to see his doctor or to an emergency room. ...Read more

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Do I need to be very careful in catheter care during peritoneal dialysis?

Definitely: Infection tracking to the inside of the abdomen is not only very painful but will limit the life of the procedure. A resistant infection could lead to removing the tube and just using hemodialysis procedure instead. ...Read more

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Husband has chest catheter for dialysis. Said has some green drainage from exit site for a couple weeks. Wont go get it looked it. What should he do?

Not normal: Green drainage or push from any drains is concerning and should be evaluated before it becomes a bigger problem. If he was my father or brother, I would help him make an appointment with the doctor that put in the chest catheter to at least get it looked at. Even if he is stubborn, it may be that he is afraid of what the doctor may tell him. Get him to make an appointment or make it for him. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can protect the catheter site during peritoneal dialysis?

Yes: Keep it covered and without tension on the exit site, and use a antibacterial cream recommended by your nephrologist. Contact your nurse if you notice any redness or discharge. ...Read more

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Husband has green drainage from exit site from dialysis venous catheter for three weeks and won't go to the dr. Does local infection always spread?

Husband has green drainage from exit site from dialysis venous catheter for three weeks and won't go to the dr. Does local infection always spread?

Green goo dialysis: Green goo makes me worry about staph or other serious infection. If he wants to live much longer he should see Dr. Many patients decide that dialysis is not worth it and stop. Or may have serious depression. Please call his dialysis team. ...Read more

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During dialysis why does the subclavian catheter have darker blood than in patients with a fistula?

During dialysis why does the subclavian catheter have darker blood than in patients with a fistula?

Venous blood: A subclavian catheter has only venous, deoxygenated blood returning from the body. A fistula contains oxygenated arterial blood coming from the heart. This is the reason for the bright red blood seen in fistulas. ...Read more

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For a dialysis, why is the subclavian catheter has darker blood rather than in patient with fistula?

For a dialysis, why is the subclavian catheter has darker blood rather than in patient with fistula?

Catheter vs fistula: An a-v fistula (avf) is a connection between an artery and a vein, that's why its called an a, for artery, v, for vein, fistula. Arterial blood has more oxygen, making it redder, than venous blood. A subclavian catheter has both blood tubes in the vein, where there is less oxygenated blood, as it does not have any arterial inflow. That's why it has darker blood than an avf. ...Read more

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Why would nephrologist recommend catheter dialysis to my 90 yr old grandmother? Demented, barely ambulatory and 16% function.

Catheter dialysis: I assume you are referring to peritoneal dialysis, using a catheter in her abdomen. This decision brings the family to a discussion of life goals. Extending her life with dialysis may not be the consensus decision. Hemodialysis is harsh for everyone, especially so for the frail elderly and was never intended for frail elderly. Peritoneal dialysis is gentle. At 16% function, she does not require D. ...Read more

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Would dialysis using a permanent catheter in the only patent left phimoral vein rule out transplantation on it? Had aneurysmal rupture on the right.

Would dialysis using a permanent catheter in the only patent left phimoral vein rule out transplantation on it? Had aneurysmal rupture on the right.

Very tricky: Transplantation requires an adequate vein near an adequate artery and the bladder. Even if a femoral vein has been damaged, the vein higher up in the abdomen (the iliac or the vena cava) may still support a transplant. These technical details need to be carefully reviewed with a transplant surgeon in advance of transplantation. Most of the time, it is still possible. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Taking subclavian vein from left arm n artrey from right n placing graft betwen them for dialysis. Is it better or permanent catheter? No other option

Avoid catheters.: It sounds like your vascular surgeon is planning on placing what is sometimes referred to as a "necklace graft." Regardless of their location, and if placed by an experienced surgeon, grafts carry a much lower risk of getting infected than catheters. With this lower risk for infection, people with grafts generally live longer than those with catheters, so catheters are a last resort. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can I restart peritoneal dialysis after having removed the catheter due to peritonitis, as I've blood clotting, deep vein issues with heamodialysis?

Can I restart peritoneal dialysis after having removed the catheter due to peritonitis, as I've blood clotting, deep vein issues with heamodialysis?

Difficult: After peritonitis, cavity will be obliterated, forms adhesions, loculations, will not allow free inflow and out flow, all the fluid will not return, also have to wait wks or months for pd, renal transplantation is best alternative, . ...Read more

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Is there any way to safely go swimming with a pd catheter, in lakes? Is there a dressing that is waterproof that I can get to go swimming?

I do not recommend: Most of the time these pd caths leak, the fluid is two way street, since this goes to you peritoneal cavity you might have infection from the swiming water. There are very thin plastic dressing but that might not hold. ...Read more

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How long after dialysis fistula can you go swimming? '

How long after dialysis fistula can you go swimming? '

Wound healing: Once the surgical site has healed, you can go swimming. Should be about 2-3 weeks. Get a final ok from your surgeon. ...Read more

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If you are on peritoneal dialysis can you go swimming in a pool?

If you are on peritoneal dialysis can you go swimming in a pool?

Not advisable: Your doctor will tell you that you may develop a infection called peritonitis if bacteria in water enter your cathetor, not worth the risk. ...Read more

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Can you go swimming with a suprapubic catheter? (8ish weeks post op) are there any risks swimming in a normal public pool?

Probably not: Do not swim with a suprapubic catheter unless and until approved by the doctor managing the catheter. I suspect the answer is no. ...Read more

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When am I supposed to change the bandage on my piccline catheter?

When am I supposed to change the bandage on my piccline catheter?

Picc line bandage: Your bandage on your picc line should be changed by a health professional like a nurse. There are protocols on the frequency and method of those changes. ...Read more

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My boyfriends catheter just came out. He is scheduled to have it removed on monday. What should we do? It is not bleeding, I cleaned the area and put a bandage on it. It does have a small amount of seeping.

There: There is not enough information for us to be able to answer this question. Could you please clarify where the catheter was going and what it was draining. I assume it is draining urine, and is likely in the bladder but clarifying whether this catheter went in through the penis or the abdomen would be helpful.

Also, it would be helpful to know why the catheter was placed. Is the catheter new or chronic, temporary or permanent, did he recently have surgery, did he have difficulty urinating?

Sorry, wish we could be more help. ...Read more

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Can I insert my own catheter? Using the appropriate sterile processes e.g gloves, alcohol swabs e.t.c.

Can I insert my own catheter? Using the appropriate sterile processes e.g gloves, alcohol swabs e.t.c.

Yes you Can: Yes you can if you have been shown how to do it and use sterility as you have mentioned
But if you find resistance do not force as it can cause trauma and beeding. If not successful go to ER ...Read more

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Can glutamine help in weakness of dialysis patient? I have seen studies that says 10 - 15 g loss of glutamine per dialysis, often not replenished.

Probably not: Dialysis is difficult. Patient may have low levels of import substance like glutamine or carnitine. Unfortunately we do not have evidence that supplementing them makes pt healthier. ...Read more

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When having a R CFA endarterectomy should the patient have a catheter during the procedure.

When having a R CFA endarterectomy should the patient have a catheter during the procedure.

Well...: If you are having a procedure that requires close monitoring of fluids, or there is a chance you might have difficulty urinating, there is a need for a Foley catheter, otherwise, if you can urinate in a receptacle, no there is no need.
Take into account that different Drs and institutions have different protocols and these are created with thought and prevention in mind ...Read more

Catheter (Definition)

A catheter is a thin plastic tube that is inserted into the body to obtain fluids/blood or give medicine. So some catheters can be placed in the veins and medicine given directly into the body, IV fluids given or blood sampled. A catheter can be placed in the bladder ...Read more