Are early cannulation arteriovenous grafts (ecAVG) a viable alternative to tunnelled central venous catheters (TCVCs)? An observational "virtual study" and budget impact analysis.

@article{Aitken2016AreEC,
  title={Are early cannulation arteriovenous grafts (ecAVG) a viable alternative to tunnelled central venous catheters (TCVCs)? An observational "virtual study" and budget impact analysis.},
  author={Emma L Aitken and Kashfa Iqbal and Peter Campbell Thomson and R Kulandhai Kasthuri and David B. Kingsmore},
  journal={The journal of vascular access},
  year={2016},
  volume={17 3},
  pages={220-8}
}
BACKGROUND Early cannulation arteriovenous grafts (ecAVGs) are advocated as an alternative to tunnelled central venous catheters (TCVCs). A real-time observational "virtual study" and budget impact model was performed to evaluate a strategy of ecAVG as a replacement to TCVC as a bridge to definitive access creation. METHODOLOGY Data on complications and access-related bed days was collected prospectively for all TCVCs inserted over a six-month period (n = 101). The feasibility and… CONTINUE READING