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Stop 1: Understanding Dialysis

Stop 2: Learning Access Types

Stop 3: Vein Mapping

Stop 4: Talking about Surgery

Stop 5: Getting Surgery

Stop 6: Healing

Stop 7: Detours

Stop 8: Starting Dialysis


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Education Overview
  • Video: Pairs health education with a patient story. Aims to resonate with viewers, validate the emotional experience of vascular access creation, and reinforce important concepts.
  • Brochure: Provides an overview of the video content. Includes an appointment log and glossary of terms.

Learning Objectives
  • Define the 3 types of vascular access: fistula, graft, catheter
  • Outline the steps involved in creating a vascular access
  • Provide realistic insight into the life impacts and potential complications of vascular accesses
  • Describe how a vascular access is used in hemodialysis
Additional Resources

Dorough A, Narendra JH, Wilkie C, Hegde A, Swain K, Chang EH, Oliver T, Flythe JE. Stakeholder-guided development of vascular access education materials. Kidney360. May 2021 [ePub ahead of Print].

Flythe JE, Narendra JH, Yule C, Manivannan S, Murphy S, Lee SD, Strigo TS, Peskoe S, Pendergast JF, Boulware LE, Green JA. Targeting patient and system barriers to improve rates of hemodialysis initiation with an arteriovenous access. Kidney360.

We could not have created these materials without the numerous patients, care partners, medical providers, and research staff who offered support, guidance, and feedback at every stage of development – from ideation to scriptwriting, storyboarding to animation, and final production. Specifically, we acknowledge –

This work was supported by National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant R21DK116115 as well as an unrestricted, investigator-initiated research grant (20-0149) from Renal Research Institute (RRI), a subsidiary of Fresenius Kidney Care, North America.

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