Going Home after a Hemodialysis Catheter Placement
You had a catheter placed today. It goes
into a large vein in either the neck or groin.
We will use this to access your blood for
You may have some after this catheter
placement. Use only Tylenol® or prescribed
pain medicines. Avoid aspirin, Motrin®,
Aleve®, or any other non-steroidal anti-
inflammatory drugs since they could cause
bleeding. After two days, call if you still
have pain that is getting in the way of your
sleep or being able to care for yourself.
Some slight bleeding can occur. If you have
blood soak through your dressings, or if you
notice a lump under your skin at your neck
(or at the site of your access), please call the
contact number below. If you have severe
bleeding or trouble breathing, call 911. If
you can hold pressure right over the spot,
and if the bleeding seems to slow or stop
with the pressure, you may have someone
drive you to the emergency room. Think
about safety as you make this choice. 911 is
the best choice if you are not sure of your
To Restart Blood Thinners
If you have been on Coumadin® or Plavix®,
speak to your doctor about when these
should be resumed. They are not given for a
few days before and after placement in most
cases, but ask your doctor what is best for
Infection to a line can quickly lead to very
serious illness. Call if you see any of these
ξ Redness around the site.
ξ Pus at the site.
ξ Tenderness at the site.
ξ Fever greater than 100.5° F (under
Care of the Site
No routine care is needed until you get to
your next treatment. If you have had some
oozing, you can cover it with more gauze
and tape and leave it until your treatment.
As long as there are no signs of infection,
you may leave the dressing as is. Continue
to sponge bathe until you have checked with
your home dialysis unit. No tub baths or
showers until then.
Dialysis Unit, Monday to Saturday,
8:00 am to 6:30 pm (608)-263-8748.
After hours, call (608) 262 -0486. This is
the paging operator. Ask for the dialysis
nurse on call. Leave your name and phone
number with the area code. The nurse will
call you back.
If you live out of the area, please call
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
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