Chris N Griffith

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Despite high patient comorbid factors, our Renal Care [table: see text] Group program was able to totally eliminate placement of AV grafts and to use only fistulae with an acceptable rate of catheter use--all within four years' time. This demonstrated the importance and value of a multidisciplinary vascular access team. Organization was the key element. All(More)
The management of the wound at the time of colostomy closure has been controversial, and wound infection is a frequently cited complication of this procedure. We have conducted a prospective randomized study of colostomy wound closure in 105 patients with three study groups: (1) primary closure (n = 38); (2) primary closure with subcutaneous drains (n =(More)
BACKGROUND In December 2001, 44.2% of hemodialysis (HD) patients in the Northwest Renal Network (NWRN 16) received dialysis using an arteriovenous fistula (AVF). Substantial differences were noted in percentages of patients with AVF, ranging from 5% to 90% of the facility population, suggesting wide variation in physician practice patterns within the(More)
BACKGROUND In 2002, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) required all 18 Renal Networks to participate in a Vascular Access Quality Improvement Program (QIP). The Northwest Renal Network (NWRN 16) chose to increase arteriovenous fistula (AVF) use. NWRN 16 hypothesized that strategies which targeted the improvement of AVF rate and the(More)
The experience of one surgeon with needle aspiration cytologic examination used as an office procedure in the management of suspicious solid lesions of the breast over a period of seven years in presented. Three hundred and thirty-five aspirations were performed with the diagnosis of carcinoma subsequently established in 126 or 37 per cent of the patients.(More)
Multidisciplinary team work is important for a successful hemodialysis vascular access program. The authors present a clinical case to illustrate the potential dynamic factors that can affect vein sizes, independent from the operators' skills and experiences. Therefore, if the first examination fails to detect suitable veins, repeated examinations of arm(More)
Pre-existing forearm grafts lead to dilatation of upper arm veins of the ipsilateral arm that greatly facilitates the creation of secondary arteriovenous fistulas (AVF). In this retrospective review of 18 patients, the routine and periodical revision of failed grafts were discontinued. Vein mapping by physical examination or Duplex studies was performed(More)
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