How to Prevent Dialysis Catheter Infections - Dialysis Tips

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How to Prevent Dialysis Catheter Infections - Dialysis Tips
Dialysis catheter infection is one of the most common complications in both types of dialysis procedures (dialysis), hemodialysis and peritonial dialysis.

Generally, doctors will teach techniques of patient care to minimize the occurrence of infections caused by the dialysis procedure.

Therefore, it should be emphasized prevention rather than cure the infection.


The relationship between dialysis catheters and infections are the main cause of failure of dialysis catheters and catheter replacement.

Cause of Dialysis Catheter Infections

Catheter infections in dialysis patients is usually caused by bacteria that are often found on the skin surface of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.

Dialysis catheter infections can affect the way out (exit site), cuff (cuff), or catheter tunnels.

Prevention of Dialysis Catheter Infections

Simple procedure that is done regularly can help reduce the risk of infection of dialysis catheters.

Such procedures include washing hands, keeping the tip of the catheter remains dry and clean, replace catheter dressings, catheters and avoiding trauma.

Handling Dialysis Catheter Infections

Dialysis catheter infections are usually treated with antibiotics, can be in pill form or injected intravenously (IV).

If antibiotic therapy is not able to handle the infection, dialysis catheter may need to be removed.

Hemodialysis patients should explore all aspects of blood access before deciding to use a catheter.

Many experts believe that dialysis catheters should only be used temporarily until the other access types can be inserted.