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Your health care provider will teach you how to care for your catheter and exit site. Good care is important to prevent infection. If an infection occurs, the catheter may have to be removed and a new one put in at a later date.
Your skin will heal in a week or two. During this time, follow your health care provider's instructions. don't get your catheter or exit site wet until your health care provider says you can.
Always wash your hands before touching your catheter.
Keep your catheter clean and covered.
Anchor or secure the catheter as instructed. Don't let clothesor things you carry rub or pull at it.
Always do exchanges in a clean place.
Never use a cloudy or leaking bag of dialysate.
Don't swim in lakes or streams. The ocean or chlorinated pools are okay.
Write the names and numbers of your healthcare providers below. You need to know how to get in touch with them, even after hours and on weekends and holidays.
Name ___________________ Phone ___________________
Call your healthcare provider if you notice any of these problems:
Bleeding or draining from the exit site
Red, painful, or warm skin around the catheter
Fever over 101.0°F. (38.3°C)
Pain in your abdomen (belly)
Cloudy or bloody dialysate when it drains from your abdomen