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TEMPORARY ACCESS                      Permcath
           A dialysis catheter is a flexible,
        hollow tube which allows blood to
        flow in and out of your body. They
        are most commonly used as a
        temporary access for up to three
        weeks. This is often undertaken
        when a patient first needs dialysis
        immediately and is waiting for a
        fistula or graft to mature.
           They are also used when a
        permanent access fails and a
        patient is too unstable to delay
        treatment. Catheters can be placed
        in a number of different locations,
        including the neck, upper chest or
        upper leg  (femoral vein).
           After a catheter has been placed,
        needle insertion is not necessary to
        receive haemodialysis treatment,
        dialysis lines are directly connected onto the        CARE OF YOUR DIALYSIS LINE
        catheter.                                                Protecting your dialysis access is crucial to you.

                                 PROS AND CONS OF A DIALYSIS CATHETER

          PROS                                                                                CONS
          l  Dialysis can be performed immediately.                     l  Not ideal as permanent access.
          l  Easy removal and replacement.                                   l  May cause narrowed central veins.
          l  Avoids needle insertion for each                                 l  High infection rates.
               treatment.                                                                       l  Blood flow may not be sufficient to
                                                                                                              complete your dialysis treatment.

         Ready to be connected to the dialysis machine

        P.16 Haemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis – A Guide for Patients
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