The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is carrying out a review of the procedure ‘Percutaneous endovascular forearm-arteriovenous fistula creation for haemodialysis access'. This is a new technique for creating a fistula for haemodialysis access. Fistulas are normally created using open surgery, but in this new technique 2 thin tubes (catheters) are inserted through the skin, one into a vein and one into an artery. The two catheters are positioned close to each other and heat energy from the tubes fuses the artery and vein, creating the fistula. NICE are looking at how well the procedure is working and if it is safe enough to be used more widely in the NHS in the future. To inform their review, they would like to hear from patients who have had this procedure. As it is a very new technique, this may be very few people so it would be really useful if anyone who has had the procedure could complete NICE’s questionnaire.
The deadline is 20 November 2020.
The Autumn edition of Kidney Matters magazine contained a very interesting article about the new endovascular arterial venous fistula (Endo AVF) technique for creating fistulas, so do have a read if you would like to learn more.”
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