Life Saving Kit for Fistula Bleeds

A life threatening bleed from a fistula is very rare but a fistula can bleed for no apparent reason. At the recent inquest into the death of SCKPA member Yvonne Sopp from a fatal bleed, it was reported that nationally during the last three years seven patients had died from the same cause. 

James Gilbert, consultant transplant surgeon in Oxford, and Allie Thornley, matron and clinical lead for renal medicine, have taken action to inform patients by displaying posters in all units and issuing an 'emergency pack' for each patient with a fistula or graft who is under the care of Oxford University Hospitals.

The pack consists of two plastic bottle tops, medical gloves,  an information card and useful phone numbers. In the event of a sudden bleed, the bottle top is held securely over the wound while calling the emergency services.  A clot forms inside the top, stemming the bleed, while help arrives.

Please read the article on Yvonne and James Gilbert's response in our 50th Anniversary edition of VIVA!.


Kit issued to Stoke Mandeville patients