Optimizing dialysis access using ultrasound

Dialysis is a lifesaving treatment, but a specialized vascular access is required to undergo the procedure. Learn more about the clinical decision-making process leading to arteriovenous (AV) fistula placement.

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

There are several requirements a vein must meet to be used for an arteriovenous (AV) fistula. In this lesson, you’ll learn why the radiocephalic AV fistula is the most desired one, and how AV fistula location influences the symptoms of steal syndrome.

Start the first chapter of our Ultrasound Masterclass: Dialysis Fistulas course for free

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.