Historically, ESRD patients have received little or no preventative vascular access care. Early detection and timely resolution of access dysfunction are critical to access preservation and can lead to fewer missed dialysis treatments and reduced frequency of hospitalization.
The most common dialysis access problem is a narrowing of the access or the blood vessels associated with your access. This narrowing, called a “stenosis”, can lead to clotting of the access. When a narrowing happens, dialysis treatments will not be as effective and the access could possibly stop flowing.
If there is no blood flow through an access, it cannot be used to provide life-saving dialysis treatment. Reestablishing flow to a clotted access used to involve either a hospital admission or a visit to a practitioner not familiar with the patient’s access. In the event that the clot could not be cleared, the access could be permanently lost.
Our vascular access center is staffed with nephrologists who have special training, and are now solely focused on dialysis access care and maintenance. As practicing nephrologists for years with Ocala Kidney Group, they bring a perspective uniquely advantageous to our dialysis patients. Identification of access issues when they are in the early stages means fewer declot procedures, and longer lasting, more effective access functioning.