Medicare Reimbursed Technology Allows Dialysis Patients With Catheter To Safely Shower And Wash Hair

A KidneyBuzz.com viewer wrote, "I am new to Dialysis and I am wearing a Hemodialysis Chest Catheter until my AV Fistula matures. I was told by my Nephrologist not to shower, but I feel disgusting. I am going to take a shower tonight. Is there anything I can do to avoid infection?" 

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There are four Dialysis Access methods used for treatment which include: AV Fistula (considered the gold standard for Hemodialysis treatment), AV Graft, Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter; and the Dialysis Chest Catheter which is considered the worst type of long term Dialysis Access due to high rates of infection and death. 

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Often a Tunneled Cuffed Catheter, commonly referred to as the Dialysis Chest Catheter, is used in both Hemodialysis patients who have had a AV Fistula placed but it is not ready for use, as well as Peritoneal Dialysis patients who suffer a Hernia which causes a bowel obstruction and require Hemodialysis while their new Peritoneal Catheter heals. Also a Dialysis Chest Catheter is necessary when a Chronic Kidney Disease patient is not eligible for Peritoneal Dialysis, and their blood vessels are not strong enough for a fistula or graft.

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Typically, showering and even bathing is considered a "No-No" for Dialysis patients who must contend with a Dialysis Chest Catheter because if their exit site gets wet they run the serious risk of contracting the extremely dangerous infection, Septicemia (a serious, life-threatening infection that gets worse very quickly). Hence, many Chronic Kidney Disease patients who must use a Dialysis Chest Catheter have to consider if the luxury of taking a shower is really worth the risk?  

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The unfortunate fact is that not showering reduces the quality of life resulting in decreased patient happiness and increased anxiety levels in patients with Dialysis Chest Catheters. In fact not showering may increase Dialysis Patients' risks for infection. 

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Nehrologists routinely instruct Dialysis patients with a Chest Catheter NOT to shower without protection. Although some patients have tried to duct tape plastic around their Dialysis Chest Catheter or even showering backward, they have found that it does not effectively protect the Dialysis Chest Catheter from getting wet which can lead to infection.   

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Hence, consider ordering the Dialysis Catheter Protector to help you safely shower and wash your hair while preventing infection. A common question which KidneyBuzz.com is asked, "Does Medicare cover the Dialysis Catheter Protector?" The answer is "Yes." The Dialysis Catheter Protector "is now covered by Medicare for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients only needing to protect Hemodialysis Catheters from water while showering." Click here to order your Dialysis Catheter Protector today if you have a Dialysis Chest Catheter or preemptively in case your do need the Dialysis Catheter Protector at any point in time in the future.  

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The bottom line is that Chronic Kidney Disease patients who require a Dialysis Chest Catheter can now safely and affordably choose to shower with the Dialysis Chest Catheter Protector which provides them with greater independence and control over their lives as well as lowers anxiety levels regarding the fear of deadly infection. For more Daily News and Information about how Chronic Kidney Disease patients can better manage and improve their lives, visit KidneyBuzz.com every day. 

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References:

"Hemodialysis Catheters: How to Keep Yours Working Well." Https://www.kidney.org. National Kidney Foundation.

"Showering after Mastectomy and with Dialysis Catheters." Http://www.theshowershirt.com/. The SHOWER SHIRT.

"If You Have an Intravenous Catheter and Would like to Shower or Take a Bath, CoverCath Is for You."Http://www.covercath.com. Cover Cath.