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A good fistula plan is so important by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 12 Aug 2013 9:28pm I was on the Operating Table. Dr. Prem Chand Gupta and his assistant surgeon were operating on my left upper arm. They were creating an arteriovenous fistula - basically connecting a vein and an artery to enable my vein to carry blood at high pressures that would make it suitable for hemodialysis. The surgery was to take only about 45 m ... Read on »
Fistula Placement More Likely with Federal Insurance Programs by savinglimbs Posted Thu 19 Aug 2010 12:00am Kidney disease patients insured by some federally sponsored national healthcare organizations are more likely to receive a fistula for vascular access during dialysis than patients with other types of insurance, according to a study appearing online Aug. 12 in the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). The results may provide insi ... Read on »
Genetics Home Reference: capillary malformation-arteriovenous malformation syndrome by Posted Tue 09 Aug 2011 1:05pm (often shortened to CM-AVM) On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Treatment Additional information Other names Glossary definitions Reviewed August 2011 What is CM-AVM? Capillary malformation-arteriovenous malformation ... Read on »
No stranger bond - 3 by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Tue 11 Sep 2012 8:30pm (This is the third part of a short story No stranger bond. You can find the full story  here .) Shuja saw himself crossing a street. There was suddenly a lot of vehicles honking away from all sides. The drivers were yelling at him. He was confused. He did not know where to go. He started taking hurried steps towards one side. Suddenly he saw ... Read on »
Ask 3 questions by Dr. Donal O'Donoghue Patient Expert Posted Wed 03 Aug 2011 12:00am ….. modifiable factor that can improve experience and outcomes. The National Kidney Care Audit Vascular Access Report 2011 was published today. This vascular access audit has not been easy to conduct. We had policy drivers and widely endorsed clinical audit measures developed by the Renal Association and Vascular Society of Great Britain and ... Read on »
Gold standard dialysis proce ... by Dr. Rubens D. Medical Doctor Posted Sun 30 Jun 2013 12:22am Gold standard dialysis procedure may not be so golden for elderly patients Elderly patients with kidney failure may not gain the same benefits from what's considered the gold standard for accessing the blood for dialysis compared with younger patients, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of ... Read on »
No stranger bond by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sun 09 Sep 2012 8:30pm (This short story is entirely a work of fiction.) "17th July, 2011. Today is going to be a special day!", Sharada Subramanyam thought to herself as she got out of her bed and started going about her daily routine. She was unusually cheerful. There was an extra bounce in the sixty-six year old's steps. There weren't many days like this though ... Read on »
National Kidney Care Vascular Access Report by Dr. Donal O'Donoghue Patient Expert Posted Thu 21 Apr 2011 12:00am Nearly 2 in 3 kidney patients commence haemodialysis using a venous catheter, failing to meet Renal Association and Vascular Society guidelines. The second National Vascular Access Report was published on 30 March 2011. We have been awaiting the results for some time but there certainly shouldn’t be any complacency about the findings! It make ... Read on »
SPOTLIGHT CASE AND COMMENTARY: Dangerous Dialysis by Healthcare Research & Quality Posted Fri 15 Oct 2010 5:00am Dangerous Dialysis Commentary by Jean L. Holley, MD List common errors that occur in dialysis units. Describe steps that can be taken by dialysis units to prevent these common errors. Describe the role of the dialysis unit medical director in promoting patient sa ... Read on »
It's a boil! It's a wound! No! It's a fistula, man! by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sun 24 Aug 2008 2:57pm I have a fistula in my left upper arm. I have so many people staring at it that I get a little uncomfortable at times. Now, fistulae generally are a little gross to see. Mine has the arterial vein dilated like crazy. That makes it even worse. Generally, my shirt or T shirt sleeve covers it but when a small part of it is visible ... Read on »