Vascular access: a lifeline for patients on dialysis

Before patients can start haemodialysis treatment, special access to their bloodstream is needed: vascular access.

During the dialysis procedure, blood needs to flow continuously through the dialyser. The veins lying underneath the skin are not well-suited for this. Therefore, vascular access is created to make the treatment possible.

Have you ever wondered why the type of access you have may be different from that of another patient?

There are three types of vascular access: arteriovenous fistulas, arteriovenous grafts and central venous catheters. The type of access which is best for the patient depends on various criteria. Our article tells you more about these deciding factors and the different types of access, read it here.

You can review ways to keep your fistula or graft functional for as long as possible. The measures for taking good care of a catheter are presented as well. To learn more click here.