Venous Needle Dislodgement in Dialysis

The issue of Venous Needle Dislodgement (VND) has recently been on the radar of the dialysis community.  In a joint effort with Dialysis Education Services based in Bellflower, CA and Marea Enterprises Inc., Renal Business Today published an important piece on the topic of VND.  The paper titled, Venous Needle Dislodgement in Dialysis Clinic Settings discusses risk factors and best practices in an effort to mitigate this potentially serious issue.

These include: enhancing visualization of the venous needle, proper taping and fixation, employing asymmetric dialysis machine limits and effective staff:patient ratios, among other important steps.  A discussion on the importance of proper clinic protocols in addition to a heightened awareness of an open safety culture were also emphasized.