Vascular Access - Staff

In order to use dialysis to clean waste products from a patient's blood, a port must be placed, through which the blood is moved to the dialysis machine and back.  This port is called a Vascular Access, and for hemodialysis it's usually either a catheter, a fistula, or a graft.  We introduce these below, along with many other things you need to know about Vascular Access.

The menus at left summarize...

  • Hemodialysis Access Types
  • Hemodialysis Vascular Access
  • Fistula First Catheter Last
  • AVF Incident Goal
  • MAC Catheter Reduction Tools
  • Determining Fistula Maturity
  • Access Visibility - Staff
  • Protect Your Access - Staff
  • Stenosis Monitoring
  • Other Staff Vascular Access Resources

For additional information on Vascular Access for hemodialysis, see our old website here and here .


For recent news bulletins on Vascular Access for Staff, see ESRD Bulletins .  Scroll down to the index of CATEGORIES in the right-hand column for more specific topics.

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Page updated January 22, 2016