Drive pipe care

The haemodialysis treatment is one of the methods for treating renal failure and this method of treatment can use the vein or the artificial blood vessel. However when the patient does not have suitable blood vessel, the temporary pair haemodialysis throat pipe or the permanent haemodialysis drive pipe can act as replacement. Therefore the drive pipe is patients’ "lifeline". In order to ensure that the drive pipes can work best, its care is of paramount importance.

How to protect your haemodialysis pipe How to protect your haemodialysis pipe

Prevent orifice infection

  • Maintain clean skin and personal hygiene; take sprinkle shower daily.
  • Ensure the orifice is dry and clear; so when showering, make sure not to get the gauze wet
  • Avoid swimming and soaking
  • Do not pull the fixed pipe
  • If the orifice is itchy, do not scratch or grasp with fingers but inform the nurse
  • Be attentive to any inflammation symptom: e.g. the orifice is hot and swollen, painful, secretion from gauze and fever.

Prevention of bursting or loosening of pipe

  • Ensure the pipe does not have the inflection
  • Wear loose clothes and rest supinely
  • Do not put sharp things such as pins on the pipe or your clothes at nearby areas
  • Be attentive to pipe breakage phenomenon: bloodstain on the gauze or clothes at nearby areas
  • Do not pull the pipe to prevent break or loosening
  • If the pipe is loosen accidentally, patients should hold the wound by using aseptic gauze immediately to stop bleeding, then inform the nurse and return to the Centre for observation. If the bleeding situation is severe, patients should go to the A&E department of a nearby hospital to see a doctor as soon as possible.

* When experiencing pipe problems, please inform a nurse immediately and do not take any reckless action.