Vascular access for continuous renal replacement therapy

Anitha Vijayan

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A working vascular access is essential for performing continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) efficiently and without interruption. Dual-lumen temporary hemodialysis catheters are the catheters of choice, although tunneled catheters can also be utilized if therapy is expected to be prolonged. Hemodialysis catheters have to be inserted under ultrasound guidance by trained personnel, using aseptic conditions. The right internal jugular vein is the preferred site. Catheter malfunction and catheter-related infections can be reduced by adhering to preventive guidelines such as ultrasound guidance for placement, strict hand hygiene, gauze dressings, and sterile techniques during catheter handling. Antibiotic or antiseptic-coated catheters and lock solutions may be beneficial in certain patients, but these are not widely used due to the concern for resistant organisms and allergic reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-136
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in Dialysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2009


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