Vascular Access - Patients

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

The menus at left summarize...

  • Hemodialysis Access Types
  • Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Your New Fistula
  • Access Visibility
  • Washing Your Access
  • Protect Your Access
  • Self-Cannulation
  • Buttonhole Technique
  • Dialysis Machine Alarms
  • Other Vascular Access Educational Resources

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

For the latest News and Events on Vascular Access for Patients, see our blog .  Scroll down to the "CATEGORIES" section in the right-hand column, to look for more specific topics.

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Page updated February 18, 2015