Unraveling the realities of vascular access: the Network 11 experience

A Besarab, M Adams, S Amatucci, D Bowe, J Deane, K Ketchen, K Reynolds, A Tello
Advances in Renal Replacement Therapy 2000, 7 (4 Suppl 1): S65-70
Arteriovenous (AV) fistulae are well recognized as the preferred vascular access for hemodialysis, yet national data show that only 23% of patients used an AV fistula in 1997. To identify barriers to the placement of native AV fistulae, the Renal Network of the Upper Midwest, Inc. (End-Stage Renal Disease [ESRD] Network 11) initiated a vascular access project to look at the process of referral for patients beginning hemodialysis in the first 6 months of 1999. Of these patients, 63% began hemodialysis with a catheter as the only access, 22% had an AV fistula placed (but only 14% used an AV fistula for their first dialysis treatment), and 15% began with a graft. About 40% of patients were referred to a nephrologist less than 1 month before dialysis, allowing little chance for permanent access placement. Yet 27% of patients used a catheter on the first hemodialysis treatment and were seen by a nephrologist more than 1 month before starting dialysis, indicating the presence of an opportunity to improve. At 6 months after initiation of dialysis, 25% of patients who began dialysis using a catheter were using an AV fistula and 35% were using a graft. Network 11 plans to use this information to promote early referral of patients to a nephrologist and subsequent prompt referral of such patients to a vascular surgeon. Other activities to improve vascular access management are also indicated.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Trending Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"