Other News Stories
by Contributor on Aug 22 2016
by Trail Champion on Jul 14 2016
by Contributor on Jul 09 2016
by Nelson Daily Sports on Jul 05 2016
by Nelson Daily Staff on May 24 2016
by Dermod Travis on Wednesday Aug 24 2016
by David Suzuki on Wednesday Aug 24 2016
by Letters to the ... on Wednesday Aug 24 2016
by Dick Cannings MP on Monday Aug 22 2016
by Letters to the ... on Sunday Aug 21 2016
New bracelets protect 'Life Lines' for dialysis patients
For a dialysis patient, healthy veins are a life line. But sometimes when Renal staff plan to create a permanent vascular access (called an AV fistula) to facilitate the necessary blood flow for hemodialysis, they find a patient’s veins have been damaged from previous IVs or lab work.
Renal staff have been working with Interior Health’s IV therapy team on ways to better preserve veins for these patients, and many of these strategies have been successful. Still, Interior Health Vascular Access Coordinator Angela Romyn wondered if there was more that could be done. In a great example of innovation and patient-centred thinking, she came up with the idea of Save the Veins bracelets. These are bright purple rubber bracelets similar to the popular “Livestrong” bracelets.
“We have had people ask about a bracelet and thought this would be an extra step to build awareness among patients and various hospital departments,” says Angela.
“This is a first in the province and when Angela shared this idea with the provincial group, they were really excited and would like to adopt it,” says Sue Bannerman, Interior Health Regional Director, Renal Program. “Like they say, good things come in small packages. This small thing could make a big difference to our renal patients.”
The bracelets are being distributed throughout Interior Health to all pre-dialysis and hemodialysis areas for patients who wish to wear one. “It is our hope that these bracelets will help with the flagging and education of pre-dialysis and hemodialysis patients and also empower patients in the protection of their own veins,” says Angela.
The bracelets are free of charge. They are not mandatory for patients to wear and they do not replace the BC Renal Agency wallet card.