Part 1. Vascular Access

ISHD Hemodialysis University™
Chicago, IL. September 14/15, 2012
     HDCN free zone registration is required.
Madhukar Misra, MD (ISHD President and Course Director)
Initial Audience Response Questions
John T. Daugirdas, MD (Course Director)
Minimizing Catheter Use
Jeffrey J. Sands, MD
Building a Program to Reduce HD Catheter-Associated Infections
Priti Patel, MD
Chronic Complications Associated with Tunneled Catheters
Gerald Beathard, MD
AV Access - Placement and Maturation
Surendra Shenoy, MD
Interventional Procedures to Aid Maturation
Gerald A. Beathard, MD
Panel Discussion
Drs. Beathard, Patel, Shenoy, and Sands
Access Evaluation in the Dialysis Unit - Part-01
Gerald A. Beathard, MD
Access Evaluation in the Dialysis Unit - Part-02
Gerald A. Beathard, MD
Best Practices in the Care of AV Fistula
Deborah Brouwer, RN, CNN
Establishing An Organized Approach To Vascular Access
Jeffrey J. Sands, MD
Panel Discussion
Drs. Beathard, Shenoy, and Sands

Gerald Beathard, MD
Capital Nephrology Associates
Austin, Texas

Deborah Brouwer RN CNN
Vascular Access Specialist
Fresenius Vascular Care
Berwyn, Pennsylvania

John T. Daugirdas, MD (Course Director)
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Illinois

Madhukar Misra MD (Course Director)
Professor of Medicine
University of Missouri Columbia
School of Medicine. Columbia, MO

Jeffrey J. Sands, MD
Research Director
Renal Research Institute
New York

Priti Patel, MD
Medical officer
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Atlanta, GA

Surendra Shenoy, MD
General Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

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Nurses and dialysis technicians, please click on the yellow CE button to obtain CE contact hours.
This educational activity is an audio recording with accompanying slides of a live presentation held September 14,15, 2012, in Chicago, IL. Continuing medical education credit will be awarded to physicians who successfully complete this activity with a score of 75% or better on the post-test and return an evaluation. Participation should take approximately 3.0 hours. The same number of continuing education contact hours will be awarded to nurses and dialysis technicians who fulfill these guidelines.

To complete this activity and receive credit, the participant should listen to the talks, scroll down to review the accompanying slides, review the PubMed abstracts of the linked slides and references, complete the post-test and evaluation, and read the abstracts linked to the post-test feedback section.

Release Date: June 1, 2013
Review/Approval Date: June 1, 2013
Expiration Date: December 31, 2014
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™: 3.0
CEU Contact hours: 3.0

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Program Overview
This program will provide an overview of the various techniques of initiating, managing, and survelling vascular access in hemodialysis patients.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, the participants should be able to:
  • Describe the barriers to use of AV fistulas
  • Describe patient selection, work-up, and early follow-up care of AV fistulas
  • Discuss methods of surevillance of AV fistula and graft dysfunction
  • Review how hemodialysis catheter-care practice patterns affect infection risk.
Target Audience
This program is intended for endocrinologists, nephrologists, general internal medicine, and other physicians and health care providers who treat patients with diabetes and kidney disease, including nephrology nurses and dialysis technicians.


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Medical Education Resources is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 12299. This CE activity provides 3 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

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It is the policy of Medical Education Resources that participants in CME or CEU activities should be made aware of any affiliation of financial interest that may affect the speaker's presentation(s). Each speaker has completed and signed a conflict of interest statement. The faculty members' relationship will be disclosed in the course materials.

Moderators John Daugirdas, MD and Madhukar Misra, MD discloses no conflicts of interest.

Jeffrey Sands, MD discloses that he is an employee of Fresenius Medical Care NA.

Gerald Beathard, MD discloses that he is an employee of Lifeline Vascular Access.

Deborah Brouwer, RN, CNN discloses that she is an employee of Fresenius Vascular Care NA.

Surendra Shenoy, MD discloses that he has no conflicts of interest.

Priti Patel, MD discloses that he has no conflicts of interest.

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Off-label/lnvestigational Use
Because this course is meant to educate physicians with what is currently in use and what may be available in the future, there may be "off-label" use discussed in the presentations. Speakers have been requested to inform the audience when off-label use is being discussed.

Dr. Sands discusses off-label and/or investigations use of the following drugs: Zuragen, gentamicin, sodium citrate catheter locks, tPA for use as a catheter lock.

Ms. Brouwer discusses off-label use of stents with AV grafts and fistulae and the Venous Window Needle Guide (VWNG).

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