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2022 Oct 25

Hemodial Int

Handheld ultrasound-guided cannulation of difficult hemodialysis arteriovenous access: A randomized controlled trial.


Chen S, Liu J S, Chai C C, Si C, Tan S H, Ravindran H R, Martinez M T P, Gao Y, Yeap Y R, Liu A Y L
Hemodial Int. 2022 Oct 25.
PMID: 36281908.


Cannulation of complex arteriovenous fistula (AVF) or graft (AVG) frequently poses challenges to renal nursing practice. Ultrasound (US) guidance on visualizing central and peripheral venous access has been widely adopted in nephrology, reducing vascular intervention complications. Renal nurses could acquire this point-of-care technique to increase the successful cannulation rate while facilitating confidence build-up during practice. We aim to evaluate the use of handheld US on difficult AVF/AVG cannulation in a hospital-based dialysis unit.