Caring for Your Access Site

Once your dialysis access has been placed, you will need to take precautions to avoid problems.

  • Avoid anything that puts pressure on your access, including tight clothing, jewelry, or a purse.
  • Avoid picking up anything over 10 lbs; for example heavy groceries or objects.
  • Avoid sleeping on the access area.
  • Do not let anyone draw blood from your access or use that arm for checking your blood pressure.

With any access, you should carefully watch for any signs of problems, including redness, drainage, or signs of infection.

Any of these should immediately be discussed with your renal care team. Your nurse will teach you how to check your access several times a day.

This may include placing your fingertips over the access site to feel for a rushing sensation, called a thrill. You can also learn to listen for a rushing noise, or bruit, through a stethoscope