In emergency cases, when there’s no time to prepare for haemodialysis, secondary assisted central venous access helps. The process can improve the quality of your life.
Steps to be taken before this procedure:
Before the procedure starts, the weight, blood pressure, and temperature of the patients are measured. The access site or the point where the catheter tube is inserted during the treatment is cleansed.
What happens during the process?
The central venous catheter tube is put in place by the surgeon. This tube which connects two lines carrying blood to and from the dialyzer has two openings, known as ports and limbs. One port is used to carry blood from the patient’s body to the dialysis machine in order to clean the blood. The other port then draws the clean blood to the patient’s body.
As central venous catheter can sometimes spread infection, it is utmost important to prevent the graft from any damage. It is advised to check for bleeding, swelling, and redness on the exit site. Follow-up with your doctor in case of any alarming signs such as fever, rash, chills, or cough etcetera.