Risk equation determining unsuccessful cannulation events and failure to maturation in arteriovenous fistulas (REDUCE FTM I).

@article{Lok2006RiskED,
  title={Risk equation determining unsuccessful cannulation events and failure to maturation in arteriovenous fistulas (REDUCE FTM I).},
  author={Charmaine E. Lok and Michael A Allon and Louise M. Moist and Matthew James Oliver and Hemal Shah and Deborah K Zimmerman},
  journal={Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN},
  year={2006},
  volume={17 11},
  pages={3204-12}
}
Fistulas are the preferred permanent hemodialysis vascular access but a significant obstacle to increasing their prevalence is the fistula's high "failure to mature" (FTM) rate. This study aimed to (1) identify preoperative clinical characteristics that are predictive of fistula FTM and (2) use these predictive factors to develop and validate a scoring system to stratify the patient's risk for FTM. From a derivation set of 422 patients who had a first fistula created, a prediction rule was… CONTINUE READING

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