Balancing Fistula First with Catheters Last.

Abstract

The success of Fistula First nationwide has been accompanied by an unplanned increase in hemodialysis catheters. Complications related to prolonged hemodialysis catheter use include increased morbidity, mortality, and cost. We hypothesize that the national focus on increasing fistulas may have inadvertently diverted attention away from initiatives to… (More)

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