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HDCN News Archive -- Vascular Access
Jul28 Good Staph. in the nose makes novel peptide antibiotic that kills bad Staph.
Feb29 Phage Therapy 2016 World Congress meets this June in Paris.
Feb29 When will be see phage therapy for exit site and access infections?
Dec14 Even more news on the new HDCN Facebook page!
Dec03 AV fistula created using exclusively an endovascular approach
Dec02 ISHD Home Dialysis Toolkit: Patient Selection and Training (Module 6)
Dec02 ISHD Home Dialysis Toolkit: Vascular Access (Module 7)
Dec01 SecA inhibitors particularly effective against MRSA and other bacteria.
Aug17 Recombinant elastase (vonapanitase) for AV fistula patency prolongation
Aug03 New artificial blood vessel coating makes them resistant to thrombosis.
May08 Putting the brakes on bacterial resistance to antibiotics with targeted antibiotic scheduling.
May01 Abstracts Vascular Access Society, Barcelona, Spain, April, 2015
A16 test
Jan09 New variant of aminoglycosides does not impair hearing.
May26 Nitrosomonas - an alternative approach to S. aureus decolonization?
May18 Aspirin retards wound healing
Dec23 Staph stopper vaccine developed at U. Iowa
Jul05 Drug resistant Staph. aureus commonly found in workers at industrial livestock farms.
Jul05 VeriGene test detects Gram positive bloodstream infections and resistance genes.
Feb16 FHN study finds frequent dialysis associated with higher vascular access risks.
Dec06 Microbial stowaways in antiseptic products
Oct04 Subcutaneous implantable defibrillator avoids the need for intravenous leads.
Aug27 Niacin may help the body fight against Staph. aureus infection. via CEBPE gene.
Aug02 SPECT/CT helps to diagnose difficult cases of infectious endocarditis.
Jul12 New technology allows visualization of biofilm cities at the streetview level.
Jun13 CDC launches Web course on Infection Prevention in a Dialysis Setting
May04 JAMA: Fish oil RCT shows some benefit in terms of AV grafts, but primary outcome was negative.
Mar20 CDC reports on New Jersey efforts to reduce bloodstream infections in dialysis units.
Mar02 Touch cannulation technique for vascular access gets a vote of approval.
Jan13 New mass spectrometry method can characterize Staph infection within hours.
Oct26 Body colonization with sticky Staph may account for device-related infections.
Oct14 ASN Renal Week 2011 abstracts now available.
Sep15 MRSA in the United States becoming resistant to combination antibacterial ointments.
Jun28 AHA Webinar, slides showing use of tissue-engineered vascular graft.
Jun28 First blood vessels grown in the lab from cells implanted into patients.
Apr28 Artificial nose show promising results in detecting bacterial growth.
Apr22 CDC issues new guidance on preventing bloodstream infections.
Apr22 Canadian patient data analysis emphasizes high mortality risk of central venous catheters.
Apr20 Intensified ultrafiltration in an attempt to control blood pressure linked to more access complications.
Apr15 Meat found to be commonly contaminated with drug-resistant Staph. aureus.
Mar18 Vascular Access Atlas by TJ Vachharajani (large 70 page .pdf file) from Fistula First
Mar17 JASN: Use of aspirin associates with longer dialysis graft unassisted primary patency.
Mar17 Intensive care unit central line infections drop by 60% over a 10-year period.
Jan27 NEJM: rTPA use lowers risk on infection and sepsis in dialysis patients with CVCs.
Oct05 Fistula First offers course for surgeons in Chicago: How to make fistulas that work.
Sep08 RPA vascular access initiative launched.
Aug31 Could a vaccine against Staph aureus toxin alpha hemolysin (Hla) help in exit-site infection?
Aug27 Bleeding during dialysis: VA patient advisory that led to the decision to adopt Redsense technology
Aug15 Type of insurance markedly affects creation of AV fistula rate in incident dialysis patients.
Jul02 Honey as a topical antibiotic explained.
Mar29 Vascular Access Society of the Americas to hold its symposium in Las Vegas on May 12-14, 2010.
Mar05 Fresenius acquires National Vascular Care
Feb11 NEJM: Stents better than balloon angioplasty in dialysis patients AV graft stenosis.
Feb01 CMS issues new guidelines for adequacy, infection, and access reporting.
Jan05 Glycyrrhizin increases ability of skin to ward off infection.
Dec02 Heparin potency to change by 10% with new labeling requirements.
Oct10 Fistula first releases strategic plan to get fistulas up from 53 to 66%.
Sep24 AJKD issues containing KDOQI guidelines now freely available as .pdf files
Jun26 AJKD: Treatment guidelines for treatment of dialysis catheter-related bacteremia, and update.
Jun26 Method of killing bacteria contained in biofilms on implants developed.
May25 Search all abstracts from the World Congress of Nephrology 2009
May22 NEJM: Aspirin plus dipyridamole increases primary vascular access patency by a modest amount in RCC.
May15 Simulator training shown to improve central catheter insertion skills in trainee physicians.
Apr26 Dialysis patients dialyzed using autologously created blood vessels to form access.
Apr23 Bacteriophage used to successfully treat chronic Pseudomonas ear infection
Apr21 Ultrasound imaging now possible with smartphones to analyze and display the data.
Apr17 New discoveries on how collagen activates platelets may lead to new treatments to prevent clotting.
Apr14 Abstracts -- Vascular Access Society 6th International Congress in Rome, April, 2009
Apr11 One thousand 2007-2009 audiofiles and slide/audio talks added to HDCN's 20 topic-related channels.
Apr10 MIT tangled wire in a needle system may help avoid pushing the needle in too far.
M30 Variants of nisin, an FDA-approved antibiotic used in food preservation, show effectiveness against MRSA.
M29 Link to slide/audio and audio symposia on HDCN
M24 New needle insertion device senses when a cavity has been entered.
F14 Sea sponges zap bacterial biofilms
D26 New insights into how bacteria biofilm formation is triggered.
O13 Book Review: Clinical Guide to Use of Antithrombotic Agents in CAD
O13 A series of abstracts presented at CRF meeting suggesting that triple anti-platelet therapy (adding cilostatzol) improved outcomes.
O06 Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk of skin infections in patients with atopic dermatitis.
J23 How bacterial biofilms use chemical weapons against amoebas
J11 Angiodynamics recalls its Centros dialysis catheter due to inadequate cuff attachment.
J03 Artificial blood vessel creation from smooth muscle cells makes major advances.
M31 Journal of Renal Care journal club: Buttonhole method of cannulating AV fistulas - the new gold standard?
M21 After heart attack, bivalirudin better than heparin plus glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors.
M16 MIT research team crafts films resistant to bacterial adhesion.
M14 Dialysis access consortium trial results (clopidogrel) published in JAMA: less clotting, but no difference re AVF usability.
M05 ASN Renal Week abstract archives 2003-2006 now available on-line in .pdf format.
A14 Cannulation of AV fistula: Web CME program by Fistula
M10 Hepatitis cluster prompts Nevada-wide inspection of outpatient surgery units.
J24 New self-centering venous catheter designed by Dr. Ash performs well in preliminary tests.
A22 59% of DaVita patients have fistulas (52% national average), and 4 have their fistula for 35 years.
J18 Synthetic adhesive mimicks properties of gecko and mussel
J11 Modified herpes virus keeps arteries free-flowing following procedures
J09 FDA warning: precipitation when infusing ceftriaxone with calcium-containing solutions.
J09 Slime busting bacteriophage virus could clean up biofilm.
J06 Engineered blood vessles function similarly to real ones.
J05 Alteplase may have pro-inflammatory effects - mitigated by cromoglycate.
J15 Pittsburgh researchers develop off the shelf vascular grafts
M27 New blood thinner may work without bleeding risk
M19 Minisub developed to explore the interior of an arterial blood vessel.
M16 FDA issues Medwatch SafetyAlert on linezolid (Zyvox) due to increased mortality rate
M16 Substituting gallium for iron impedes growth of slime-forming bacteria.
M14 New PTFE vein graft with corkscrew blood flow shows increased patency.
M11 Aspirin lowers risk of Staph bacteremia in hemodialysis patients with tunneled catheters
M03 Search Society for Interventional Radiology abstracts (2002-2006) (use keyword -dialysis-)
F28 NEJM: Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia linked to vancomycin use.
F04 International Center / Website for nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy.
J29 Bacteriophages and antibiotics exhibit synergistic effect; may lower needed dose by a factor of 50.
J22 Home microwave ovens useful for sterilization of sponges and towelettes.
D29 Spiky surface coating kills bacteria.
D21 Patient sent home from ER complaining of bleeding from access site dies; family files and wins lawsuit.
D19 NKUDIC reports that percent of patients using fistulas in the U.S. has climbed from 30 to 42%.
N30 Spire gets SBIR grant to study antibacterial effects of selenium-coated dialysis catheters.
N26 HDCN: Search index updated for audiofiles, slide/audio talks, articles, and abstracts
N09 Spire now marketing a heparin-bonded dialysis catheter.
O10 Biodegradable gel stops bleeding promptly
S29 Chicago-area nephrologist (Mahurkar) wins 20 M in patent infringement suit against CR Bard,
S21 Spire gets FDA approval to marked silver-coated hemodialysis catheter.
S19 Paclitaxel-eluting mesh stops neointimal hyperplasia cold in animal study.
S11 Bacterial conversation stoppers may block formation of biofilm
S11 Chitosan (from crabs and shrimp) found to block formation of biofilm.
A18 NEJM: Daptomycin as good as gent + vanc for Staph. aureus endocarditis
J28 Nanotech used to concentrate angiostatin-like drugs in vascular plaques.
J16 CARI (Australasian) Clinical Practice Guidelines published (53 free full text review papers!)
J06 FDG PET useful in detecting hard-to-detect chronic osteomyelitis
J03 Vitamin D3 reduces thrombotic risk in cancer patients
M09 Gambro acquires Sweden's Hemapure company, maker of Hemaport vascular access device.
A02 CMS trumpets success of increasing use of fistulas from 2003 to 2005.
J25 32% of Americans carry S. aureus in their noses, and 1% (2 million) carry MRSA.
J25 Vasca decides to halt selling its vascular access ports as of Jan 31, 2006 (PDF).
J17 Researchers develop a portable vein finder for faster, more accurate injections
D20 Allergic reactions from drug-eluting stents
N15 GRK5 involved in arterial restenosis lesions.
N10 Transonics and hemametrics settle patent infringement lawsuit.
O26 ASN Renal Week 2005 abstracts now available on-line.
O18 Gene therapy with VEGF (pilot study) results in prolonged access patency.
O15 MMWR: Pittsburgh QA/QC program targeting central venous line infections works..
S21 EDTNA journal club: Venous needle dislodgement during hemodialysis.
A29 AAKP presses Congress to structure Medicare payments rewarding use of AV fistula
A28 French Society of Vascular Access: 2005 Congress presentations (in French)
A16 Mayo researchers link mortality in ESRD to high levels of heparin antibodies.
A11 Dr. Maki working on ethanol lock system to keep IV catheters infection-free.
J29 Transonics wins patent infringement ruling against Hemametrics on appeal.
J20 JASN pre-release: Citrate catheter lock ups patency, lowers infection risk.
J27 Omiganan topical antibiotic designed to prevent central venous catheter infxns.
J16 Arteries bio-engineered from elderly patient cells.
J13 Kinky bypass grafts last longer.
M03 Journal of Vascular Access free full text articles
A07 Excimer laser angioplasty used to reduce renal artery stent restenosis.
A04 Stents prolong life of failing AV grafts more than simple angioplasty.
A04 Buttonhole vascular access information
A03 Fistula First website link
A02 Soc Vasc Interven Radiol meeting: Abstract Search
M26 MMWR: P. fluorescens infections with heparin-saline IV catheter flush.
M24 FDA approves IDE for new catheter locking solution from Ash Medical.
M14 Using quorum sensing peptide blockers to inhibit bacterial biofilm formation.
F01 Spire gets grant from NSF to study blood-compatible dialysis catheters.
J19 Spire gets contract to sell dialysis catheters to hospitals.
N18 NEJM: Ultrasound plus tPA helps dissolve stroke-causing clots
N18 Want to prevent catheter biofilm? Get a diamond coating.
N09 Progress with tissue-engineered blood vessels for coronary bypass
O13 SMART stent use improves patency in grafts with venous stenosis
O13 Nabi gets FDA fast-track approval for its Staph vaccine
A15 UK spiral vein graft -Swirlgraft - may reduce venous stenosis
A12 Transonics loses patent infringement case against Hemametrics
J06 European Society Vascular Access Guidelines
J24 Device coating inhibits bacterial cell-cell communication and Staph infections
J21 OSHA fact sheet describes needlestick risk of securing indwelling catheters
A07 Medicare carrier reimbursement for peripheral venous studies using CPT code 585
A07 Medicare carriers agree to reimburse Doppler arm artery mapping in NW states
A04 Novel MRI technique provides clear images of blood flow
M17 Alcoholic povidone-iodine better for catheter site disinfection
F11 FDA approves clinical trial of new venous catheter lock fluid
D10 Datascope to enter dialysis market with thrombectory catheter
D01 RSNA 2003: Cutting balloon angioplasty to treat dialysis access stenosis
N18 Transonics sues Fresenius for patent infringement over access blood flow method
O10 Nabi plans to apply for license for its Staph vaccine in Europe by end 2004
O08 Transonics wins in patent dispute with Hemametrics in Court of Appeals
A11 Trojan clot buster: RBCs coated with t-PA
J06 Intact arteries grown from vascular smooth muscle cells at Duke University
A11 Vasca raises 6.1 M in private equity funding
A04 Nitinol stent improves patency of AV grafts
M25 NEJM: Video showing central venous catheter insertion
M25 NEJM Full Text: Preventing complications of central venous catheter insertion
D20 CDC develops new training tool to detect resistant bacteria by culturing
N06 CDC campaign to prevent antibiotic resistance in dialysis units
N05 ASN: Antibiotic - heparin mix useful for tunneled catheter infection