Factors predicting failure of AV "fistula first" policy in the elderly.

  title={Factors predicting failure of AV "fistula first" policy in the elderly.},
  author={Tammy Hod and Ranil N Desilva and Bhanu K Patibandla and Yael Vin and Robert S Brown and Alexander S. Goldfarb-Rumyantzev},
  journal={Hemodialysis international. International Symposium on Home Hemodialysis},
  volume={18 2},
An arteriovenous fistula (AVF) is the preferential hemodialysis (HD) access. The goal of this study was to identify factors associated with pre-dialysis AVF failure in an elderly HD population. We used United States Renal Data System + Medicare claims data to identify patients ≥ 67 years old who had an AVF as their initial vascular access placed pre… CONTINUE READING