BHS Vascular Access Center
Our physicians and nurses at the BHS Vascular Access Center are here to
provide comprehensive "one-stop" state of the art dialysis care.
Whether your in need of peritoneal dialysis access or endovascular/surgical
hemodialysis access and maintenance, our team is here to provide you with
total dialysis care so that you and your nephrologist can focus on you
and your quality of life. Our goal is to foster a relationship between
you and our team that evolves into a total health benefit and allows us
to keep you healthy and with optimal dialysis access. We put your dialysis
needs a phone call away and strive for excellence in your care.
According to the most recent CMS QIP (Quality Improvement Program) results
for payment year 2020, 39.2% of all dialysis units received QIP penalties.
The Vascular Access metric represents 13.5% of your QIP score. The BHS
Vascular Access Center wants to be your partner in reaching your QIP goals.
We offer a comprehensive range of services, including:
Endovascular arteriovenous fistula placement (Wavelinq)
Surgical AV fistula placement
Surgical AV graft placement
Placement of Tunneled and Nontunneled dialysis catheters
Maintenance of fistulas/grafts/catheters
Tunneled peritoneal catheter placement.
Peritoneal catheter revision
Adhesiolysis of problematic peritoneal dialysis catheters
Now Available - Non-Surgical Fistula Creation
The WavelinQ™ 4F EndoAVF System consists of a 4F venous and a 4F
arterial magnetic catheter. It is used with a commercially available electrosurgical
unit (radio frequency generator), ground pad, and an electrosurgical pencil.
Two thin devices create a connection between your vein and artery without
the need for open surgery. The devices are removed from the body once
the connection is created.
The Preferred Vascular Access Option
An “access” to the bloodstream is required in order to administer
hemodialysis treatment. An arteriovenous fistula (AVF) creates a direct
connection between a vein and an artery in your arm. This results in a
closed circuit that provides adequate blood flow for dialysis. Blood can
be withdrawn, cleaned through the dialysis machine, and returned to your body.
AVF is preferred for many patients over other vascular access options because: