Factors affecting long-term survival of tunnelled haemodialysis catheters--a prospective audit of 812 tunnelled catheters.

@article{Fry2008FactorsAL,
  title={Factors affecting long-term survival of tunnelled haemodialysis catheters--a prospective audit of 812 tunnelled catheters.},
  author={Andrew C. Fry and Jon D Stratton and Ken Farrington and Kapil Mahna and Sadasivam Selvakumar and Hilary Thompson and Paul Warwicker},
  journal={Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association},
  year={2008},
  volume={23 1},
  pages={275-81}
}
BACKGROUND In 2001, in the US, 23% of haemodialysis patients were dialysing through tunnelled venous catheters (TVCs), and in the UK (2006) there were 28% of prevalent patients using catheters. It is unlikely that numbers will significantly decrease. We present the results of a prospective audit of the survival of 812 TVCs placed in 492 patients at our institution over a 6-year period (comprising 212 048 patient catheter days or 7068 patient catheter months of follow-up). Four different designs… CONTINUE READING

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