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  1. #11
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    Default Re: How To Take a Shower With a Catheter

    Glad I found this thread! I have a "home made" solution. I use a sandwich bag cut to about 3" X 7". I then line it with Johnson & Johnson water proof tape. I overlap each section of tape and use about three strips of tape on all sides but the bottom. On the bottom I use a couple of strips. I do not take direct shower hits with this and bend over when washing my hair to be sure the water does not roll down my chest. Occasionally it will leak but usually no further than the tape on the catheter patch. The actual pad has gotten damp a couple of times in 6 months. When that happens I use a hair dryer with no heat to quickly dry out the area. I also do this immediately before heading to the dialysis clinic where my catheter patch is changed with each treatment -- just in case.

    It works. If anyone want me to post a picture just let me know. I'll be happy to do so.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: How To Take a Shower With a Catheter

    The risk of infection with a central venous catheter is high especially if you take showers. I know people who have used different approaches to keep water from showers from getting their catheter dressing and thus the skin under the dressing wet. Although these may work, but all it takes is a big enough leak to let bacteria in where the catheter enters the skin and you could get a serious blood infection. Some people may not realize that the tip of the catheter is in one of the large veins of the heart which makes it easy for bacteria to get pushed around all over the body.

    I hope you're scheduled to get a permanent access (fistula or graft) soon. If so, you'll be able to shower without having to go through such a hassle and you could swim for exercise.
    Beth Witten MSW ACSW LSCSW
    Medical Education Institute, Inc.

  3. #13
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    Default Re: How To Take a Shower With a Catheter

    Hi Beth,

    Thanks for the info. I am very aware of the infection issue. I went on dialysis with an AKI DX in February. Everyone expected my kidneys to return -- and they still may. But, it has been seven months and while there are small signs there is no big move to indicated function will return. I put off permanent access too long in hopes this whole mess would go away. But, it looks like it is here to stay. I am scheduled for operation #1 for my fistula at the end of the month. Due to the position there will need to be a second operation for transposition which I assume will follow in four or five weeks. I guess I'm still at least 90 days out from using it.

    I take very good care not to expose the catheter to undue risk and, of course, the dressing is removed and cleaned at each clinic treatment (3 times a week). I have had the catheter replaced twice due to low throughput. This one has been in since June and has given me only one or two problems with throughput. I run at 350 at almost every session. Other than that -- so far so good.

    Thanks again.

  4. #14
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    Default Re: How To Take a Shower With a Catheter

    I knew patients who didn't have the best flow with a catheter and some had to be in a certain position in the dialysis chair or their machine would alarm. it would be great if your kidney function would improve, but in the meantime, it's good that you've scheduled surgery scheduled soon. It sounds like you must have had vessel mapping done to find the best place to put the access. Good luck with your surgery. In the meantime, have you received education about other types of dialysis and kidney transplant? It's good to know your options and have choices.
    Beth Witten MSW ACSW LSCSW
    Medical Education Institute, Inc.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: How To Take a Shower With a Catheter

    Beth, I am on my third catheter since February. The current one has been in since mid June and still works quite well. The flow rate is 350, which I understand is good for a catheter.

    Regarding the fistula, I have been mapped and it will be on the upper arm. This will require two operations, I understand. One to join the vessels and the other to "transposition" the vessel for access. I understand the second operation is a little more difficult and involved.

    Regarding other options, I'm not sure I have many with what is available now. I was diagnosed with Lymphoma at the same time as my kidney issue (2/14). I was treated for that condition and am in complete remission. I am also 70. So, I'm not so sure I could find a center that would allow me a transplant with these conditions. I understand most centers require you to be disease free for five years. Well, by that time I'm 75, so I am most likely up against an age limit. So, my kidneys are about my only option -- if there is a way for them to work again.

    Thanks for your input.

  6. #16
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    Default Re: How To Take a Shower With a Catheter

    Quote Originally Posted by Doug The RN View Post
    As an RN working in the hospital, I had to shower many patients with many different types of catheters, wounds, incisions, etc...We used a product named shower shield and I just found it today at Wal Mart. It is very affordable and looks just like the product we used in-patient. I used it the other day to cover a 'strawberry' my son got while playint t-ball. In the hospital we used it mostly for central lines and periphereal IV's and stuff like that.
    thank you for sharing this.I too will recommend shower shield

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