The buttonhole technique: strategies to reduce infections

Nephrol Nurs J. Sep-Oct 2010;37(5):473-7; quiz 478.


The buttonhole technique has gained popularity over the last decade in the United States. The fact that it is a relatively new technique, which requires a change to current cannulation practice, has contributed to several unforeseen complications that have led to increased infection rates in AV fistulae. To keep this technique a viable option for patients, it will be necessary to understand the potential infection risks and implement strategies to reduce the incidence of infection.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Catheterization / adverse effects*
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing
  • Humans
  • Infection Control / methods*
  • Pain, Postoperative
  • United States