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Vascular Access

Vascular access refers to the surgical insertion of a fistula or graft to provide access to the bloodstream for dialysis.

Many dialysis patients have repeated problems with their vascular access, placing additional demands on the already-stretched health system.

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Since 2005, the Hemodialysis committee (formerly the Provincial Vascular Access Services Team or PVAST) has worked to improve vascular access care across BC by developing clinical standards and supporting system changes. BC is the only province with provincial standards for vascular access creation, maintenance and repair.

The committee, which includes representatives from all health authority renal programs, has developed a range tools and guidelines for vascular access. See the resources tab. 


Resources

The Fistula First Breakthrough Initiative (FFBI) in partnership with the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) has prepared a series of videos that may be useful to patients and care providers.

 
 
Save the Veins Online Module - October 28, 2013
To access the quiz, you have one of two options:
1. Login to CCRS as directed on the final slide of the presentation; or
2. Complete the quiz here: Save the Veins Quiz

 

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