I found a really clever device that I’ve been using for a couple years. It’s simple and effective. It’s called a Dialysis Arm Band and it covers my access, feels comfortable and spares me the embarrassment of exposing my rather beat up and swollen lower arm. It’s available from www.dialysisarmbands.com. For me it works perfectly to hide my access and the needle scars and swollen A/V Fistula in my lower arm. They fit comfortably and hold up well over time. I throw them in the wash with my regular colors… okay… my colored underwear… and they come out nice a clean and ready to use for another several days. I like that they have many colors to choose from and are well made. I can be “stylish” by coordinating the color of my armband with my shirt and pants. They also protect my access from airborne contamination. Reducing the chances of infection is something I’m very conscious of (it’s also a CMS/Medicare focus) because I want this access to last as long as it can. I don’t want to take any chances with infection. In addition the armband protects my access from exposure to the sun and inTexas that’s a serious consideration. I can’t imagine what it would be like to get my arm sunburned and have to suffer getting it stuck with that 15 gauge needle! After a couple years of wearing them, they feel like a necessary part of my clothing… like… say it… underwear. I put mine on almost everyday and often leave it on at night simply because I forget it’s there. They also have bands from upper arms. They were designed by a dialysis patient for dialysis patients so that may explain why they work so well.
I also found an armband that’s good if you’re going into a hospital or day surgery. It’s called the NoNoSleeve. It’s strikingly red and makes it very well known that you shouldn’t have your blood pressure taken or IV’s in your access arm. It’s well made and fits my entire lower arm without any tightness so it’s very comfortable. I’m wearing it while I type this.
And, there’s a company that makes clothing for dialysis patients that make exposing your arm, chest, or leg access very easy and keeps you warm and protected at the same time. They are Libre and their website is at www.libreclothing.com. What could be more perfect that comfortable clothing with a zippered opening to your access no matter where it is? Their clothing is also perfect for chemotherapy patients, who share our need for something warm and convenient. The advantage of Libre is that you can wear the clothing to dialysis or anywhere else. It looks like regular clothing but has that special function of exposing your access for treatment. And, if you’re like most patients, staying warm during treatment is a priority. Libre serves that function, too. Similar to Libre, RenoWear offers a full line of clothing adapted to be worn during dialysis. You can read about them by CLICKING HERE So check them out and I hope these provide you with some solutions to common problems. If you have some experience with dialysis clothing, leave a comment. Others will be interested in what you have to offer. © 2014 DevonTexas