Caring for your new CVC is an important way to make sure your dialysis can start, or keep going, and for you to feel better. The area around your catheter may be sore for 1 to 2 days after your CVC is inserted.
You'll have stitches in your neck and likely in your chest. The stitches in your neck will be taken out in about 2 weeks. The stitches in your chest will need to stay in for about 6 to 8 weeks. If any of your stitches fall out before they are taken out, call your dialysis unit right away. You will need new stitches. The stitches help to keep your CVC from moving further inside or coming out.
It's important to prevent infections. Be careful not to touch the skin around the CVC and always keep your CVC covered with dressing.
During the first month after you've had the CVC put in, be careful when you move so that it doesn't pull or tug the skin around the exit site. 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
Current as of: November 23, 2022
Author: Kidney Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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