Fistula Wristbands (2018)

Fistula wristbands (2018)

are now available for patients to wear in the theatre complex at Southmead Hospital to clearly indicate that they have a functioning fistula. Before their introduction, recovery staff felt there was no clear system for

identifying the at-risk/ fistula arm – especially when the patient is still under the influence of anaesthesia.

A patient questionnaire identified that only 50% of patients had felt confident that their arm would not be used for BP measurement or cannulation during the perioperative period. The wristbands are a simple but effective solution. Posters are in each of the 5 mediroom areas, with a bag of  wristbands.

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