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Kidney Week

Clinical Practice Session

Challenges and Opportunities in Vascular Access Care

November 07, 2019 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Location: 143, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Session Description

The decision on type of vascular access, the patient lifeline, is influenced by multiple variables: patient, anatomy, anticipated time of use, duration of use, and future lifeline planning. The risks and benefits of each access must be fully discussed to assist with decision-making. Maintaining a functional vascular access remains a challenge. Nephrologists, allied healthcare professionals, and patients must be aware of the risks and factors related to mitigating the risks. New procedures and protocols are coming to enhance the function of vascular access.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Explain an individualized approach to vascular access, right access, right patient, right time, and right reason
  • Discuss maintenance of functional access
  • Describe the patient perspective and patient-important outcomes in vascular access
  • Describe the access of last resort

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Dialysis


  • Michael Allon, MD
  • Yan-Ting Shiu, PhD


  • Individualized Approach to Vascular Access: Right Access, Right Patient, Right Time, Right Reason
    02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
    Charmaine E. Lok, MD, MPH
  • Maintenance of a Functional Access: What Can We Do Better
    02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
    Monnie Wasse, MD, MPH, FASN
  • Vascular Access Care from the Patient Perspective
    03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Emaad M. Abdel-Rahman, MD, PhD, FASN 
  • Vascular Access of the Last Resort
    03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
    Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN