Buttonhole needling of ateriovenous fistulae: a randomized controlled trial.

  title={Buttonhole needling of ateriovenous fistulae: a randomized controlled trial.},
  author={Joyce Struthers and A. Peter Allan and Robert K Peel and Stewart H Lambie},
  journal={ASAIO journal},
  volume={56 4},
Buttonhole needling of arteriovenous fistulae (AVFs) was first described 30 years ago, but little evidence has been reported to show how it might differ from the standard rope-ladder technique. We carried out a randomized control trial comparing these two techniques. All suitable patients within the region were considered for recruitment. Patients were then randomized to continue with traditional rope-ladder needling or changed to buttonhole needling. A mean of 13.7 (median, 11) sharp needles… CONTINUE READING
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