Peritoneal dialysis catheter site care (1967)

Key points below

Why do I need to do catheter site care?

Daily site care helps prevent infection around the exit site.

What supplies are needed?

How do I clean the site?

1. Shower as usual.
2. Clean the catheter site with sterile 4x4 gauze, soap and water.  Wipe with another sterile 4x4 soaked with water to rinse site of soap.
3. Dry the catheter site completely with a dry, sterile 4x4 gauze.
4. Put on Gentamicin ointment lightly around the exit site using sterile 4x4 gauze.
5. Put on Island dressing and Tegaderm™ if needed.
6. Secure catheter with tape and/or SePro® netting.

Special information

Follow up care

Call the Dialysis Unit if any of the following occurs around the catheter site:

Call with any questions or concerns.  Mon – Fri: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (414) 266-2840  
After hours (414) 266-2000, ask for the on-call dialysis nurse.

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