Vascular access is a way to reach the blood vessels for hemodialysis. Your child’s vascular access is their dialysis lifeline.
There are three types:
There are only a few sites for vascular access. It is important to care for your child’s access so it will last as long as possible.
A hemodialysis catheter is used for dialysis. It is a soft plastic tube. The hemodialysis catheter is put in a large vein, and the tip of it is near the heart. The other end of the catheter is outside of the body.
Your dialysis team will be the ONLY people to use the hemodialysis catheter
These catheters have two tubes
All hemodialysis catheters should have:
Your Child’s Hemodialysis Journey: Printable version