In patients with CKD stage 4 or 5, forearm and upper-arm veins suitable for placement of vascular access should not be used for venipuncture or for the placement of intravenous (IV) catheters, subclavian catheters, or peripherally inserted central catheter lines (PICCs). (B) 1.3 Patients should have a functional permanent access at the initiation of dialysis therapy.
Following these guidelines creates a smooth transition from CKD to dialysis. Imagine how difficult it is for dialysis facility staff to get a permanent accesses placed when they have to work around dialysis schedules and transportation issues. Many times the patients become “attached” to their catheters and are reluctant to give them up which makes it even more difficult for dialysis facility staff to get a permanent access placed.
During this 3 month campaign we will be providing CKD best practices, resources and patient stories to you bi-weekly starting (DATE). The goal of the campaign is to provide a strong focus on early planning and placement of AV Fistula as the best way to improve vascular access outcomes for our patients and give you a business case model incentive for improving vascular access incident rates.
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