Five percent (5%) of the patients responding to a safety survey reported that they had experienced their needles becoming dislodged during the prior three months. Are you surprised? What's more, "about 1 in 5 Dialysis patients die every year in US, and many of these deaths are preventable," suggested Personal Injury Lawyer, Mike Ferrara (The Ferrara Law Firm), which was reported in KidneyBuzz.com's article, "1 in 5 Dialysis Patients Die Yearly. Needle Dislodgement Turning Deadly Contributes To Statistic."
Although needle dislodgement can be prevented, it is an unfortunate fact that some Dialysis patients' quality of life is severely reduced or even lost due to unnoticed needle leaks which may result in excessive blood loss. You may ask, "What can I do to protect myself?" If so you are not alone, many Chronic Kidney Disease patients on Dialysis do not know what they can exactly do to protect themselves from needle leaks.
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This rather new device, Redsense, is a blood sensor intended for one purpose only, "monitor for blood loss from Hemodialysis access sites during treatment." In an email sent to KidneyBuzz.com Registered Nurse, Jane Hurst, mentions that this device " has been responsible for saving lives," and that it is "used in every area of Hemodialysis from acute, chronic, nocturnal, to home-use." It includes a blood sensor incorporated into an adhesive dressing. The sensor monitors potential blood leakage from the needle puncture via an infrared light and will alarm if needle dislodgement or blood leakage is detected. Simple enough, wouldn't you agree?
Many believe that needle dislodgement is only an issue for Nocturnal Hemodialysis patients, where a leakage can go unnoticed for prolonged periods of time. While this idea is understandable, and correct in part, Chronic Kidney Disease patients should know that those who conduct Nocturnal Hemodialysis are not the only ones at risk of serious needle leaks. Even when nurses outnumber patients, Arteriovenous (AV) Fistula needle dislodgement can often go unnoticed until there is a pool of blood on the floor, which is sometimes too late. European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association found that AV needle dislodgment is "one of the most serious accidents that can occur during Hemodialysis." They continued, "If the blood pump is not stopped, either by activation of the protective system of the dialysis machine or manually, the patient can bleed to death within minutes."
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Hence, the Redsense device provides an alarm that is designed to promptly alert the Dialysis patient, Patient Care Technician, as well as a patient's helper at home. It may be considered a vital aid which provides equipped patients peace-of-mind and allow them to feel more comfortable that an alarm will sound if their AV needle becomes dislodged.
If you feel as though having a Redsense sensor will make you safer, talk to your Healthcare Team about utilizing the device. Moreover, email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like information about this device, and visit KidneyBuzz.com daily for the most tailored Breaking News & Information which teaches Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients how to better manage their lives.
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"VENOUS NEEDLE DISLODGEMENT: HOW TO MINIMISE THE RISKS."European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association (n.d.): n. pag. Http://www.edtnaerca.org/.
"Blood Alarm Dialysis." Http://www.redsensemedical.com. Redsense Medical.