Caring for Your AV Graft
Just like with an AV fistula, you will need to care for your graft every day, so remember to look, listen and feel for the same indicators used with a fistula.
- *Look – Check for signs of infection, such as swelling, redness, as well as bleeding, peeling of the skin over the access or bulging areas.
- *Listen – Check for the sound of blood flowing through.
- *Feel – Check for vibration, called the “thrill.” The absence or change in thrill could be cause for concern.