HDCN News Archive -- Vascular Access
|Good Staph. in the nose makes novel peptide antibiotic that kills bad Staph.
|Phage Therapy 2016 World Congress meets this June in Paris.
|When will be see phage therapy for exit site and access infections?
|Even more news on the new HDCN Facebook page!
|AV fistula created using exclusively an endovascular approach
|ISHD Home Dialysis Toolkit: Patient Selection and Training (Module 6)
|ISHD Home Dialysis Toolkit: Vascular Access (Module 7)
|SecA inhibitors particularly effective against MRSA and other bacteria.
|Recombinant elastase (vonapanitase) for AV fistula patency prolongation
|New artificial blood vessel coating makes them resistant to thrombosis.
|Putting the brakes on bacterial resistance to antibiotics with targeted antibiotic scheduling.
|Abstracts Vascular Access Society, Barcelona, Spain, April, 2015
|New variant of aminoglycosides does not impair hearing.
|Nitrosomonas - an alternative approach to S. aureus decolonization?
|Aspirin retards wound healing
|Staph stopper vaccine developed at U. Iowa
|Drug resistant Staph. aureus commonly found in workers at industrial livestock farms.
|VeriGene test detects Gram positive bloodstream infections and resistance genes.
|FHN study finds frequent dialysis associated with higher vascular access risks.
|Microbial stowaways in antiseptic products
|Subcutaneous implantable defibrillator avoids the need for intravenous leads.
|Niacin may help the body fight against Staph. aureus infection. via CEBPE gene.
|SPECT/CT helps to diagnose difficult cases of infectious endocarditis.
|New technology allows visualization of biofilm cities at the streetview level.
|CDC launches Web course on Infection Prevention in a Dialysis Setting
|JAMA: Fish oil RCT shows some benefit in terms of AV grafts, but primary outcome was negative.
|CDC reports on New Jersey efforts to reduce bloodstream infections in dialysis units.
|Touch cannulation technique for vascular access gets a vote of approval.
|New mass spectrometry method can characterize Staph infection within hours.
|Body colonization with sticky Staph may account for device-related infections.
|ASN Renal Week 2011 abstracts now available.
|MRSA in the United States becoming resistant to combination antibacterial ointments.
|AHA Webinar, slides showing use of tissue-engineered vascular graft.
|First blood vessels grown in the lab from cells implanted into patients.
|Artificial nose show promising results in detecting bacterial growth.
|CDC issues new guidance on preventing bloodstream infections.
|Canadian patient data analysis emphasizes high mortality risk of central venous catheters.
|Intensified ultrafiltration in an attempt to control blood pressure linked to more access complications.
|Meat found to be commonly contaminated with drug-resistant Staph. aureus.
|Vascular Access Atlas by TJ Vachharajani (large 70 page .pdf file) from Fistula First
|JASN: Use of aspirin associates with longer dialysis graft unassisted primary patency.
|Intensive care unit central line infections drop by 60% over a 10-year period.
|NEJM: rTPA use lowers risk on infection and sepsis in dialysis patients with CVCs.
|Fistula First offers course for surgeons in Chicago: How to make fistulas that work.
|RPA vascular access initiative launched.
|Could a vaccine against Staph aureus toxin alpha hemolysin (Hla) help in exit-site infection?
|Bleeding during dialysis: VA patient advisory that led to the decision to adopt Redsense technology
|Type of insurance markedly affects creation of AV fistula rate in incident dialysis patients.
|Honey as a topical antibiotic explained.
|Vascular Access Society of the Americas to hold its symposium in Las Vegas on May 12-14, 2010.
|Fresenius acquires National Vascular Care
|NEJM: Stents better than balloon angioplasty in dialysis patients AV graft stenosis.
|CMS issues new guidelines for adequacy, infection, and access reporting.
|Glycyrrhizin increases ability of skin to ward off infection.
|Heparin potency to change by 10% with new labeling requirements.
|Fistula first releases strategic plan to get fistulas up from 53 to 66%.
|AJKD issues containing KDOQI guidelines now freely available as .pdf files
|AJKD: Treatment guidelines for treatment of dialysis catheter-related bacteremia, and update.
|Method of killing bacteria contained in biofilms on implants developed.
|Search all abstracts from the World Congress of Nephrology 2009
|NEJM: Aspirin plus dipyridamole increases primary vascular access patency by a modest amount in RCC.
|Simulator training shown to improve central catheter insertion skills in trainee physicians.
|Dialysis patients dialyzed using autologously created blood vessels to form access.
|Bacteriophage used to successfully treat chronic Pseudomonas ear infection
|Ultrasound imaging now possible with smartphones to analyze and display the data.
|New discoveries on how collagen activates platelets may lead to new treatments to prevent clotting.
|Abstracts -- Vascular Access Society 6th International Congress in Rome, April, 2009
|One thousand 2007-2009 audiofiles and slide/audio talks added to HDCN's 20 topic-related channels.
|MIT tangled wire in a needle system may help avoid pushing the needle in too far.
|Variants of nisin, an FDA-approved antibiotic used in food preservation, show effectiveness against MRSA.
|Link to slide/audio and audio symposia on HDCN
|New needle insertion device senses when a cavity has been entered.
|Sea sponges zap bacterial biofilms
|New insights into how bacteria biofilm formation is triggered.
|Book Review: Clinical Guide to Use of Antithrombotic Agents in CAD
|A series of abstracts presented at CRF meeting suggesting that triple anti-platelet therapy (adding cilostatzol) improved outcomes.
|Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk of skin infections in patients with atopic dermatitis.
|How bacterial biofilms use chemical weapons against amoebas
|Angiodynamics recalls its Centros dialysis catheter due to inadequate cuff attachment.
|Artificial blood vessel creation from smooth muscle cells makes major advances.
|Journal of Renal Care journal club: Buttonhole method of cannulating AV fistulas - the new gold standard?
|After heart attack, bivalirudin better than heparin plus glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors.
|MIT research team crafts films resistant to bacterial adhesion.
|Dialysis access consortium trial results (clopidogrel) published in JAMA: less clotting, but no difference re AVF usability.
|ASN Renal Week abstract archives 2003-2006 now available on-line in .pdf format.
|Cannulation of AV fistula: Web CME program by Fistula First.org
|Hepatitis cluster prompts Nevada-wide inspection of outpatient surgery units.
|New self-centering venous catheter designed by Dr. Ash performs well in preliminary tests.
|59% of DaVita patients have fistulas (52% national average), and 4 have their fistula for 35 years.
|Synthetic adhesive mimicks properties of gecko and mussel
|Modified herpes virus keeps arteries free-flowing following procedures
|FDA warning: precipitation when infusing ceftriaxone with calcium-containing solutions.
|Slime busting bacteriophage virus could clean up biofilm.
|Engineered blood vessles function similarly to real ones.
|Alteplase may have pro-inflammatory effects - mitigated by cromoglycate.
|Pittsburgh researchers develop off the shelf vascular grafts
|New blood thinner may work without bleeding risk
|Minisub developed to explore the interior of an arterial blood vessel.
|FDA issues Medwatch SafetyAlert on linezolid (Zyvox) due to increased mortality rate
|Substituting gallium for iron impedes growth of slime-forming bacteria.
|New PTFE vein graft with corkscrew blood flow shows increased patency.
|Aspirin lowers risk of Staph bacteremia in hemodialysis patients with tunneled catheters
|Search Society for Interventional Radiology abstracts (2002-2006) (use keyword -dialysis-)
|NEJM: Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia linked to vancomycin use.
|International Center / Website for nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy.
|Bacteriophages and antibiotics exhibit synergistic effect; may lower needed dose by a factor of 50.
|Home microwave ovens useful for sterilization of sponges and towelettes.
|Spiky surface coating kills bacteria.
|Patient sent home from ER complaining of bleeding from access site dies; family files and wins lawsuit.
|NKUDIC reports that percent of patients using fistulas in the U.S. has climbed from 30 to 42%.
|Spire gets SBIR grant to study antibacterial effects of selenium-coated dialysis catheters.
|HDCN: Search index updated for audiofiles, slide/audio talks, articles, and abstracts
|Spire now marketing a heparin-bonded dialysis catheter.
|Biodegradable gel stops bleeding promptly
|Chicago-area nephrologist (Mahurkar) wins 20 M in patent infringement suit against CR Bard,
|Spire gets FDA approval to marked silver-coated hemodialysis catheter.
|Paclitaxel-eluting mesh stops neointimal hyperplasia cold in animal study.
|Bacterial conversation stoppers may block formation of biofilm
|Chitosan (from crabs and shrimp) found to block formation of biofilm.
|NEJM: Daptomycin as good as gent + vanc for Staph. aureus endocarditis
|Nanotech used to concentrate angiostatin-like drugs in vascular plaques.
|CARI (Australasian) Clinical Practice Guidelines published (53 free full text review papers!)
|FDG PET useful in detecting hard-to-detect chronic osteomyelitis
|Vitamin D3 reduces thrombotic risk in cancer patients
|Gambro acquires Sweden's Hemapure company, maker of Hemaport vascular access device.
|CMS trumpets success of increasing use of fistulas from 2003 to 2005.
|32% of Americans carry S. aureus in their noses, and 1% (2 million) carry MRSA.
|Vasca decides to halt selling its vascular access ports as of Jan 31, 2006 (PDF).
|Researchers develop a portable vein finder for faster, more accurate injections
|Allergic reactions from drug-eluting stents
|GRK5 involved in arterial restenosis lesions.
|Transonics and hemametrics settle patent infringement lawsuit.
|ASN Renal Week 2005 abstracts now available on-line.
|Gene therapy with VEGF (pilot study) results in prolonged access patency.
|MMWR: Pittsburgh QA/QC program targeting central venous line infections works..
|EDTNA journal club: Venous needle dislodgement during hemodialysis.
|AAKP presses Congress to structure Medicare payments rewarding use of AV fistula
|French Society of Vascular Access: 2005 Congress presentations (in French)
|Mayo researchers link mortality in ESRD to high levels of heparin antibodies.
|Dr. Maki working on ethanol lock system to keep IV catheters infection-free.
|Transonics wins patent infringement ruling against Hemametrics on appeal.
|JASN pre-release: Citrate catheter lock ups patency, lowers infection risk.
|Omiganan topical antibiotic designed to prevent central venous catheter infxns.
|Arteries bio-engineered from elderly patient cells.
|Kinky bypass grafts last longer.
|Journal of Vascular Access free full text articles
|Excimer laser angioplasty used to reduce renal artery stent restenosis.
|Stents prolong life of failing AV grafts more than simple angioplasty.
|Buttonhole vascular access information
|Fistula First website link
|Soc Vasc Interven Radiol meeting: Abstract Search
|MMWR: P. fluorescens infections with heparin-saline IV catheter flush.
|FDA approves IDE for new catheter locking solution from Ash Medical.
|Using quorum sensing peptide blockers to inhibit bacterial biofilm formation.
|Spire gets grant from NSF to study blood-compatible dialysis catheters.
|Spire gets contract to sell dialysis catheters to hospitals.
|NEJM: Ultrasound plus tPA helps dissolve stroke-causing clots
|Want to prevent catheter biofilm? Get a diamond coating.
|Progress with tissue-engineered blood vessels for coronary bypass
|SMART stent use improves patency in grafts with venous stenosis
|Nabi gets FDA fast-track approval for its Staph vaccine
|UK spiral vein graft -Swirlgraft - may reduce venous stenosis
|Transonics loses patent infringement case against Hemametrics
|European Society Vascular Access Guidelines
|Device coating inhibits bacterial cell-cell communication and Staph infections
|OSHA fact sheet describes needlestick risk of securing indwelling catheters
|Medicare carrier reimbursement for peripheral venous studies using CPT code 585
|Medicare carriers agree to reimburse Doppler arm artery mapping in NW states
|Novel MRI technique provides clear images of blood flow
|Alcoholic povidone-iodine better for catheter site disinfection
|FDA approves clinical trial of new venous catheter lock fluid
|Datascope to enter dialysis market with thrombectory catheter
|RSNA 2003: Cutting balloon angioplasty to treat dialysis access stenosis
|Transonics sues Fresenius for patent infringement over access blood flow method
|Nabi plans to apply for license for its Staph vaccine in Europe by end 2004
|Transonics wins in patent dispute with Hemametrics in Court of Appeals
|Trojan clot buster: RBCs coated with t-PA
|Intact arteries grown from vascular smooth muscle cells at Duke University
|Vasca raises 6.1 M in private equity funding
|Nitinol stent improves patency of AV grafts
|NEJM: Video showing central venous catheter insertion
|NEJM Full Text: Preventing complications of central venous catheter insertion
|CDC develops new training tool to detect resistant bacteria by culturing
|CDC campaign to
prevent antibiotic resistance in dialysis units
|ASN: Antibiotic - heparin mix useful for tunneled catheter infection