Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[Care of the fistula, advantages of the monitoring and the surveillance with thermodilution technique]


FEBRUARY 28, 2016

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2016;29(01)

[Introduction: The best choice of vascular access for haemodialysis patients is the native arteriovenous fistula (AVF). Therefore, monitoring and surveillance of vascular accesses has a high priority. Aim of the research: The aim of our study was to evaluate the AVF surveillance protocol of our dialysis clinic. Research and sampling methods: We began AVF monitoring and surveillance in our dialysis clinic in February 2003. Until May 2015 we evaluated the data of 307 patients. Results: Besides the regular physical investigation of fistulas we performed measurements of vascular access flow (Qa) with thermodilution technique. In cases of suspected stenosis we performed Colour Doppler Ultrasonography and/or fistulography. Stenosis was verified in 154 cases at 344 patients. Percutan transluminal angioplasty was performed in 241 cases at 127 patients. Creation of a new fistula was necessary only in 24 cases at 21 patients. Within the last three years the percentage of patients treated via AVF has risen from 75% to 84%. Conclusions: Regular monitoring and surveillance of vascular accesses and the timely correction of its complications are able to reduce thrombosis of fistulas and the necessity of using central venous catheters. ]



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