EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL

Education & Training - this is the Core of the Association. Development of Educational materials, organize educational events like the annual International Conference and several Seminars along Europe. The aim of the Association is to provide tools and knowledge to Healthcare professionals as well as our Patients.

Publications

Vascular Access, Cannulation and Care: A Nursing Best Practice Guide for Arteriovenous Graft

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Vascular Access, Cannulation and Care: A Nursing Best Practice Guide for Arteriovenous Fistula

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Vascular Access Management and Care - A Nursing Best Practice Guide for Central Venous Catheter 

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ABOUT VASCULAR ACCESS

Introduction

Vascular access is considered to be both the ‘lifeline’ and the ‘Achilles heel’ of the end-stage renal disease patient. Despite progress and best practice recommendations, vascular 
 access remains the weak point of the renal replacement therapy chain, generating a significant burden for the patient and the healthcare system. Vascular access morbidity, including maturation failure, dysfunction (requiring repetitive intervention, revision, angioplasty), infection or more severe complications (swelling of access limb, steal syndrome, heart failure) is the third most frequent cause of hospitalisation in haemodialysis patients. 

Despite the technical advances in vascular access surgery, prosthesis development, imaging and monitoring, the autologous arteriovenous fistula (AVF) developed more than fifty years ago by Cimino and Brescia remains the ‘gold standard’ providing best outcomes in both the short and long term. It is recognised worldwide from evidence-based and shared clinical experience that the native AVF has the most cost-effective and cost-utility ratio in terms of vascular access and for these reasons should be considered as the first vascular access option in almost all circumstances. 

EDTNA/ERCA Secretariat

Källstorps Gård / Högs Byväg 118 / SE-246 55 Löddeköpinge / Sweden
Phone: +46 46 70 96 24 / secretariat@edtnaerca.org

Head Office

EDTNA/ERCA, Seestrasse 91, CH 6052 Hergiswil, Switzerland