After the new CVC is inserted, the area around your catheter may be sore for 1 to 2 days. The stitches in your neck will be taken out in about 2 weeks. The stitches in your chest will be taken out in 6 to 8 weeks. If any of your stitches fall out, call your dialysis unit right away because you will need new stitches. Be careful not to touch the skin around the catheter and always keep your CVC covered with a dressing.
Be careful when you move your catheter during the first month. When the area around your catheter has healed, you can move normally.
Call the access nurse if:
Note: on weekends or after 4 pm, please proceed to the emergency department.
Calgary: (403) 944-8474
Edmonton: (780) 407-8412
Lethbridge: (403) 388-6599
Medicine Hat: (403) 529-8807
This material is for information purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have questions, speak with your doctor or another healthcare provider.
Current as of: April 18, 2019
Author: Kidney Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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