What should I do if my access starts bleeding?

-Answered by Kim Livingston, BSN, RN, CDN Senior Manager, Clinical Services Initiatives, Fresenius Kidney Care

If your access starts bleeding, first use a bandage or a clean cloth to apply direct pressure to the bleeding site until the bleeding stops. If possible, you should elevate the extremity above the level of your heart. If the bleeding is stopped with direct pressure but after 20 minutes bleeding still occurs when pressure is released, continue to hold pressure to the bleeding site and call your dialysis facility.