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Facilitating the achievement of optimal wellness for renal disease patients


AV Fistulas

fistula illustrationK/DOQI

K/DOQI established the basis for ESRD quality improvement to be to be defined in great measure by the use of the optimum forms of vascular access, in particular the AV fistula. Collaboration between Networks, providers, physicians, vascular surgeons, and health professionals will be key to spread the change ideas for improving AV fistulas.




Lifeline for a Lifetime "One-Minute Access Check"

The FF/CL Access Monitoring Workgroup through the ESRD Network Coordinating Center has developed an interactive tool that will help you learn how to perform a quick access check and what to watch for to determine if there is a problem with a patient’s access.

You can access the steps and tools for the “one minute access check”. The process map and tools support the five components for the one minute access check that can be performed daily by the patients, the dialysis staff at each dialysis treatment and expert clinicians when problems are identified.

This resource houses written materials, algorithms, videos, and articles for patients and staff.

ANNA Save the Vein Project

This program focuses on the importance of vein preservation in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. It features silicone wristbands that reads “SAVE VEINS – NO IV/LAB DRAWS” for patients to wear to minimize the vascular trauma prior to placement of a fistula. A patient education brochure is also available to help educate about the importance of vein preservation. Click here to view the website and download resources.

Change in Reimbursement: Level Payment Field for AVF & AVG

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