WAYS TO CARE FOR YOUR ACCESS ARM
Before and After Placement
Improve your access outcome by exercising your fistula arm before and after placement. Prior to dialysis, the exercises will increase vein size and will build up the vein after to provide muscle tone for vein stability and easier needle placement. Ask your doctor which arm will be used for your access. This is your “Access Arm.”
For Upper & Lower Arm Fistulas
Grip a soft ball or rolled cloth in fistula hand, allow your arm to hang down beside your body, squeeze and release the ball in your hand for 5 minutes. Repeat 3-4 times a day.
Hold a soft ball or rolled cloth in fistula hand, using non-fistula hand, apply pressure to your fistula arm below your elbow. Squeeze ball and count to 5, then release. Repeat for 1-2 minutes.
For Upper Arm Fistula
Hold 2-5 lb. weight in your hand, raise and lower your hand and bend your elbow, repeat for 1 minute 3-5 times a day.
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