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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:

Vascular Access

  • 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

Peritoneal Access

  • 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 Blood can be withdrawn, cleaned through the dialysis machine, and returned to your body.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:

  • It lasts longer once used for dialysis
  • Has lower risk of infection, and lower risk of serious complications

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