Short-term hemodialysis

Hemodialysis is a long term (in many cases lifetime) treatment. In order to get the best and less problematic access for needles, puncture site has to be well prepared. Due to the fact, that veins cannot withstand repeated needle insertions and the strong suction might collapse them, the vein in the puncture site has to be stronger and larger than the regular one. It can be achieved by creating a connection between vein and artery by AV fistula or AV graft. Unfortunately in both methods, the vessel connection needs a lot of time to mature before it is ready for the procedure (even 4 months for AV fistula). In urgent cases, e.g. accidents, when dialysis has to be made immediately, the dialysis machine is connected to the patient by a venous catheter, a tube that is inserted into a vein in the neck, chest, or leg near the groin. This method is recommended only to be used for short-term hemodialysis, before the regular treatment through AV fistula or AV graft can be started.
CVK Guard is a special fixation device, that enables proper anchoring of venous catheters.
Vascular Access for Hemodialysis
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