Measuring dialysis fistula maturity using ultrasound

Arteriovenous (AV) fistula maturation is a highly unpredictable process. Learn more about how to evaluate AV fistulas for maturity.

Elizabeth Tenny, BS RVT RDCS
Elizabeth Tenny, BS RVT RDCS
22nd Aug 2022 • 1m read

Between 20 and 50 percent of AV fistulas fail to mature according to recent literature. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to evaluate the outflow and inflow arteries, as well as how the outflow vein exam changes depending on the fistula location.

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The fistula is the dialysis patient’s lifeline, and ultrasound is the best tool to assess its condition and to prevent fatal complications. In this course, we start with different types of dialysis access and fistula hemodynamics. We then dive deep into fistula assessment protocols, cover parameters used in reporting, and how to diagnose abnormal findings.

Assess fistulas and diagnose problems with ultrasound to ensure access to life-saving dialysis and prevent severe complications.