Managing AV cannulation – national UK quality improvement project

"Cannulation is essential for haemodialysis with arteriovenous access, but also damages the arteriovenous access making it prone to failure" Fielding et al (2020).

Abstract:

Cannulation is essential for haemodialysis with arteriovenous access, but also damages the arteriovenous access making it prone to failure, is associated with complications and affects patients’ experiences of haemodialysis. Managing Access by Generating Improvements in Cannulation is a national UK quality improvement project, designed to improve cannulation practice in the United Kingdom, ensuring it reflects current needling recommendations. It uses a simple quality improvement method, the Model for Improvement, to structure improvement to cannulation practice. It assists units in the practical implementation of the British Renal Society and Vascular Access Society of Britain and Ireland needling recommendations, ensuring actual cannulation practice reflects what is defined as best practice in cannulation. An eLearning package and awareness materials have been developed, to assist units in changing their cannulation practice. The Kidney Quality Improvement Partnership provides a structure for Managing Access by Generating Improvements in Cannulation that promotes development and dissemination. It is hoped that Managing Access by Generating Improvements in Cannulation will raise an understanding about the cannulation of arteriovenous access and change behaviours and beliefs around correct cannulation practice, to ensure longevity of this lifeline.

Reference:

Fielding CA, Oliver SW, Swain A, et al. Managing Access by Generating Improvements in Cannulation: A national quality improvement project . J Vasc Access. 2020;1129729820939334. doi:10.1177/1129729820939334

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