Chronic Kidney Disease patients must constantly contend with the struggles of Dialysis Treatments. That is why issues like bleeding out after treatment, AV Fistula infections, aneurysms and hemorrhages, as well as scars and thickening of scar tissue on AV Fistula Access needle stick sites, cause added frustration, pain, and setbacks. A new tool recently released by KidneyBuzz.com is helping to change and correct some of the biggest Dialysis AV Fistula issues in a way that is non-invasive, unobtrusive and comfortable for Dialysis patients.
The Dialysis Arm Sleeve (see above) is a simple idea that is making a huge impact in the Chronic Kidney Disease Community. It conforms to the patient's arm and is never tight around the AV Fistula (if it ever feels tight, then remove immediately) and thousands of sleeves have been sent to patients to correct the following most common AV Fistula Complications (order here):
- Bleeding Out and Spot Check: As Dialysis patients know, an AV fistula is a connection of an artery to a vein (usually in the forearm). This connection causes increased blood flow through the vein, which results in it growing larger and stronger. "It is basically a great big pressurized blood vessel a couple of millimeters under the skin," noted Greg Collette (longtime Dialysis patient). A small tear or break and patients can bleed to death in minutes. Hence, it is important that Dialysis patients remain protected and avoid bleeding out. The Dialysis Arm Sleeves immediately alert patients of bleed outs with a "Spot Check" via red blemishes that would clearly be visible on the white machine washable sleeve. Also, in case of extreme bleed outs, the sleeve helps to absorb blood and acts as a built-in cloth - immediately allowing a patient to place a hand over the sight with moderate pressure until bleeding stops or help arrives. This also minimizes or eliminates blood squirts and mess.
- Inadvertent Rubbing And Infections: When Dialysis patients remove their gauze to allow their Dialysis Arm Sites to heal, the arm is exposed to the elements. Any inadvertent rubbing against a wall, person, table, etc. can cause a Dialysis AV Fistula Infection which may turn into a dangerous aneurysm - leading to a life-threatening hemorrhage. The Dialysis Arm Sleeve can be worn to cover the Fistula and help avoid accidental infections.
- Sun Exposure And UV Rays: As the Virginia Mason Medical Center explains, scar tissue including those from Dialysis Needle Sticking is highly sensitive to sunlight. As such, this sensitive tissue can sunburn much more quickly than healthy skin, causing thickening of the scar tissue. Hence, Dialysis patients should use the Dialysis Arm Sleeve to avoid painful scab removal and needle sticks due to thickened tissue at their Dialysis Sites from sun exposure and UV Rays.
- Scars: Sometimes Dialysis patients want to wear a short sleeve shirt or sleeveless sundress and do not feel comfortable showing their AV Fistula and accompanying scars. In this case, the Dialysis Arm Sleeve covers most AV Fistulas and visible scars completely to allow patients added comfort by limiting feelings of self-consciousness.
More than half of all Chronic Kidney Disease patients conducting Dialysis use "AV Fistulas because it is generally healthier and easier to maintain while producing better results than other access methods," according to the Large Dialysis Organization, DaVita. For more tips on how to maintain your AV Fistula, click the following:
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