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DMC Harper University Hospital Dialysis Access Center Introduces A Safer, Longer-Lasting Approach to "Vascular Graft" Procedure
Date:7/17/2013

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"At the Harper DAC, we're encouraged by the fact that we are one of the first kidney care facilities in the country to make this powerful new tool available to patients."

The Dialysis Access Center at Harper University Hospital, unique in Michigan, is now helping more than 600 patients a year to maintain the vascular access required for successful linkage to kidney dialysis machines.

In the Detroit area, where diabetes-linked Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a major public health problem, the two-year-old Harper program is saving an ever-increasing number of lives by providing the tools and specialized care that kidney patients need to maintain safe, healthy access to dialysis over the long term.  With yesterday's announcement, the program "has gained another very important tool," said Dr. Rits.

The problem of creating and then protecting access to dialysis is especially acute in Detroit, where an estimated more than one-half of Michigan's current 12,000 kidney dialysis patients now live.

For these urban dialysis recipients – most of whom develop CKD as a result of severe diabetes, also a major pubic health threat in Detroit – establishing and then protecting a continuing "lifeline" that permits safe blood-flow between the dialysis machine and the patient's cardiovascular system is crucial to a successful outcome.

Because many patients with severe CKD will eventually require a kidney transplant, it's critically important for them to maintain their access – via several types of surgical procedures designed to help create an open pathway in the body between the bloodstream and the dialysis machine – until a healthy new kidney can be obtained from a donor.

At Harper, the Dialysis Access Center (DAC) brings together a wide array of high-te
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