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Dialysis Access: The Future Is Already Here

      At the time of this writing, we are in the midst of a full-blown pandemic – the likes of which none of us have seen in our lifetimes. It is in times such as these that our profession and the care of our patients is seen through an unfiltered lens. The American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology and the Vascular Access Society of the Americas in an effort to protect the mainstay of our patients' access to adequate dialytic care came together to publish a joint statement in March of 2020 sharing that maintaining dialysis accesses “will be instrumental in maintaining health and survival for patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) as well as protecting hospitals from an eventual wave of high urgency/emergency procedures to deal with lost dialysis accesses.” Dialysis access truly is the lifeline of our patients – the infamous “Achilles Heel,” and in these dire times, our patients' need for a reliable, low-risk access becomes blatantly obvious. It has never been clearer to us than in the present, that now is the time to promote current and proposed innovation in this field. The time is ripe and need is palpable.
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