Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fistula Placement More Likely with Federal Insurance Programs

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 insights into ways to improve kidney-related care for patients before they go on dialysis, according to the study’s authors.

Experts recommend creating an arteriovenous fistula (AVF), to connect a vein and artery and allow access to the vascular system during dialysis. An AVF provides a long-lasting site through which blood can be removed and returned during the dialysis procedure, which patients must undergo three to four times per week.

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