Caring for Your Access Site

Once you have an access, you need to take precautions to avoid problems.

“” Avoid anything that puts pressure on your access site

“” Avoid picking up heavy groceries or objects

“” Avoid sleeping on the access area

“” Do not wear tight jewelry or elastic clothing that may occlude your access site

“” Do not let anyone draw blood from your access or use that arm for taking blood pressures

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 frequently. 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.