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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

ch medical tools and clinical specialists who can combine their skills and knowledge to provide custom-tailored, ongoing care for each individual patient.

"When it comes to providing the best possible care for a kidney patient, the key is being able to coordinate every aspect of that care at a single location," said Rits.

"For many CKD patients, good access to the dialysis machine is absolutely essential," he added.  "Without it, the chances for a long-term successful outcome are greatly reduced.  In addition, the possibility of eventually being able to undergo a successful kidney transplant is much smaller for those who lose the vital 'lifeline' which permits effective dialysis over an extended period of time."

Because the DAC is the only hospital-based facility of its kind in Michigan, the clinical specialists there can bring together all the tools they need to "take ownership" of each kidney patient's "access lifeline" to dialysis, he said. "The new vascular graft we have just introduced will help us achieve that goal," he added, "because it's a major step forward in protecting access to the kidney machine over the long term.

"Also, because our program is based at the hospital, we can maintain the complete, detailed history – including photographs, charts, diagnostics and all the rest – that is essential for monitoring each patient's specific care over time."

"That's a huge advantage, when it comes to making sure the patient is being monitored and followed at every stage of dialysis care, all the way through kidney transplant, should that particular therapy be required."

The DAC provides a comprehensive team of multidisciplinary experts that includes nephrologists (kidney specialists), general surgeons, vascular surgeons, interventionists and nurses, all of whom are dedicated to giving patients complete and safe access to dialysis care.

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