The KDOQI 2006 Vascular Access Update and Fistula First Program Synopsis

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The optimal care of patients with end stage renal disease on hemodialysis involves a multidisciplinary approach involving nephrologists, vascular surgeons, transplant surgeons and interventional radiologists. A collaborative effort by these groups of physicians was used to create the KDOQI guidelines and the Fistula First program, which have served as the template for the management of dialysis patients. This article will briefly review the recent updates for vascular access in the KDOQI guidelines and summarize the highlights of the Fistula First program.

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