Bedside Tunneled Dialysis Catheter Removal-A Lesson Learned From Nephrology Trainees

Tibor Fülöp, Mihály B. Tapolyai, Mohit Agarwal, Arnaldo Lopez-Ruiz, M. Molnár, Neville R. Dossabhoy

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Semi-permanent dual-lumen tunneled (or tunneled-cuffed) hemodialysis catheters (TDC) are increasingly utilized during renal replacement therapy, while awaiting permanent access maturation or renal recovery. Although there is a wealth of literature focused on placement, infection prevention, and maintenance of catheter patency, circumstances and indications for TDC removal are less well understood. Timely removal of these catheters is an important management decision, with the length of TDC duration representing the largest cumulative risk factor for catheter-associated blood stream infections. Waiting for assistance from surgical or radiological services-which may not be available in all hospitals-may result in delays in services and potential harm to the patients. Imparting and maintaining procedural skills to remove infected TDC may be very valuable for training programs in clinical nephrology. In this article the current literature on bedside TDC removal, including potential anticipated complications during removal, are reviewed. To date, the authors have documented successful implementation of bedside TDC removal in training programs from two different settings, including both in- and outpatients and with trainee involvement. In summary, training general nephrologists for bedside TDC removal will afford immediate removal of infected hardware in ill patients and avoid potential delays in outpatient setting.

Original languageEnglish
JournalArtificial Organs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016


  • -C-reactive protein
  • -End-stage renal disease
  • -Graduate medical education
  • -Hemodialysis
  • -Infection
  • -Troponin-I
  • Catheter-related bacteremia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering

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    Fülöp, T., Tapolyai, M. B., Agarwal, M., Lopez-Ruiz, A., Molnár, M., & Dossabhoy, N. R. (Accepted/In press). Bedside Tunneled Dialysis Catheter Removal-A Lesson Learned From Nephrology Trainees. Artificial Organs.