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New research examines care practices in place for dialysis patients
Date:6/8/2010

on improving the rate of successful placement of preferred vascular access, and researchers will compare historical data with the results from the initiation of these two new clinics.

This project will be completed at the VA.

"We will look at the level of kidney function when preoperative ultrasound mapping occursa tool which allows physicians to look at the vessel size to determine if an AVF is the right fit for the patientand level of kidney function when surgeon referral and surgical placement occurs," he says. "We're specifically trying to pinpoint a breakdown in the steps to see if it can be prevented. Furthermore, we believe that these newly developed clinics will improve processes of care measures."

"We hope that this research and our patient care clinics dedicated to vascular access care will greatly improve results for this subgroup," he continues. "There are over 450,000 people undergoing hemodialysis in the United States. If we tweak the way we are doing things to prevent the need for added surgeries and interventions, we will be positively impacting lives all over the world."


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Contact: Katie Pence
katie.pence@uc.edu
513-558-4561
University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
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