Title

Vascular access: Past, present, and future

Document Type

Editorial

Publication Date

1-1-2008

Journal

International Journal of Artificial Organs

Volume

31

Issue

5

DOI

10.1177/039139880803100502

Keywords

Arteriovenous fistula; Arteriovenous graft; Central venous catheter; Hemodialysis; Vascular access

Abstract

Vascular access is the Achilles' heel of hemodialysis. Current vascular access approaches for hemodialysis include arteriovenous (AV) fistula, AV graft, and central venous catheter. Strengths and weaknesses of each access type are described. New technology and procedures in introducing an access, monitoring access function, and salvaging a non-functioning access are also described. © Wichtig Editore, 2008.

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