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Dialysis Shunts or Ports

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Dialysis Shunts or Ports

Placement of a chronic dialysis catheter (CDC) can provide this access. CDCs have an opening (arterial port) for blood flow out of the body and another opening (venous port) for blood return after it flows through the dialysis machine. These catheters are usually inserted in the chest or neck.

Where is the dialysis catheter located?

A hemodialysis catheter can be inserted into veins in the groin, chest, or neck. The device has two lumens, one which pulls blood from the body to circulate it through the hemodialysis machine, and one which returns the cleaned blood to the body.

Is a permacath a central line?

The vas cath is similar to a huge central venous line, and requires no tunneling. The Permacath is also used for short-term and immediate hemodialysis treatment. This procedure is a little more involved and requires tunneling under the skin. The Permacath will last anywhere from one to twelve months.

How do you flush a dialysis catheter?

To flush your catheter, you will need: Clean paper towels Saline syringes (clear), and maybe heparin syringes (yellow) Alcohol wipes Sterile gloves Sharps container (special container for used syringes and needles)

What are the options for dialysis?

What are my treatment options for kidney failure?

Hemodialysis uses a machine to move your blood through a filter outside your body, removing wastes. Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of your belly to filter your blood inside your body, removing wastes. Kidney transplant is surgery to place a healthy kidney from a person who has just died, or from a living person, into your body to filter your blood.

Conservative management treats kidney failure without dialysis or a transplant. You’ll work with your health care team to manage symptoms and preserve your kidney function and quality of life as long as possible.

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