Dialysis access--guidelines for current practice

Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2006 Mar;31(3):284-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ejvs.2005.12.004.


Current guidelines promote the use of the native arteriovenous fistula (AVF) as the first choice for access over grafts and central venous catheters. However, the prevalence of AVF use shows enormous differences among national, regional and local practice surveys, even after adjusting for demographics. In this review, we will briefly discuss these differences and present actions potentially improving outcome of vascular access care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arteriovenous Shunt, Surgical / methods*
  • Catheterization, Central Venous
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Renal Dialysis / methods*
  • United States