Hemodialysis vascular access coordinator
Management of vascular access is a challenge for the dialysis team, particularly to keep the arteriovenous access working. The vascular access coordinator can positively contribute to increase the number of arteriovenous fistulas and reduce central venous catheters. In this article, we introduce a new approach to vascular access management centered on (the results of setting up) the role of vascular access coordinator. We described the three-level model (3Level_M) for vascular access management organized in three levels: vascular access nurse manager, vascular access coordinator, and vascular access consultant. We defined the instrumental skills and training required to be developed by each element and clarify the articulation between the model and all members of the dialysis team related to vascular access.
Sousa CN, Teles P, Sousa R, Cabrita F, Ribeiro OMPL, Delgado E, Coutinho S, Moura SCM, Delgado MF, Costa JF, Sá TG, Teixeira SMP, Mendonça AEO, Ozen N. Hemodialysis vascular access coordinator: Three-level model for access management. Semin Dial. 2023 Apr 7. doi: 10.1111/sdi.13153. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37026486.