The nurse is caring for a patient with an arteriovenous (AV) fistula on the right arm for hemodialysis treatments. To promote safety, the nurse should do which of the following?


• Fistula patency should be assessed every four hours by auscultating for the presence of bruits and palpating for the presence of thrills.

• Phlebotomy and blood pressures should not be performed on the arm with the fistula.

• IV fluids should not be administered through a fistula except during hemodialysis by a trained dialysis nurse.

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