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AV fistula catheter
Each dialysis patient spends up to 624 hours a year at the renal care center for their life-saving treatment. During this time, their fistula is cannulated about 300 times (assumption: three treatments per week). Every dialysis session can be particularly stressful, both for the patient but also for the nursing staff, because this complex procedure is never routine.
Needlestick injuries can happen to anyone at any time. They can be caused by patient-related factors, such as anxious or restless patients, an inadvertent bump from a passing colleague, or concealed sharps.
Contributes to preventive measures against catheter dislodgement
with soft material and side holes. Increased patient comfort and reduced risk of vessel injury with appropriate flow rates.
with inbuilt multiple blood control septum.
Reduced risk of undesired blood exposure.
Designed to prevent needlestick injuries
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