Going Home after a Hemodialysis Catheter Removal
You might have some pain after the catheter
is taken out. Please use only Tylenol® or
pain medicine offered to you by your doctor
or nurse. Avoid aspirin, Motrin®, Aleve®, or
any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
medicine. These types of medicine could
cause bleeding. Talk to your dialysis nurse
or kidney doctor if you still have pain after
two days that is getting in the way of your
sleep or if it is making it hard to care for
Some slight bleeding can occur. If blood
soaks through your dressings, or if you
notice a lump under your skin at the site of
your former access, please call us. If you
have severe bleeding or trouble breathing,
call 911. If you can hold pressure right over
the spot, and if it 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 a
better 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 held for a few
days before and after removal in most cases,
but ask what is best for you.
Signs of infection
ξ Redness/tenderness at the site.
ξ Pus or drainage from the site.
ξ A fever greater than 100.5° F.
Call your kidney doctor or talk to your
dialysis nurse if you see any of these
problems. Infection can quickly make you
Care of the site
No routine care is needed. At your next
treatment the dialysis nurse can remove the
dressings. If you are no longer on dialysis,
please wait 24 hours until you remove the
dressing. If you had some oozing, you can
cover with more gauze and tape and leave
until your next treatment. You may bathe or
shower after the dressing is removed.
UW Dialysis Clinic, 608-263-8748, after
hours this number will be answered by the
paging operator. Ask for the hemodialysis
nurse on call. Leave your name and phone
number. The nurse will call you back.
If you live out of the area, 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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