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The Surgically Created Arteriovenous Fistula: A Forgotten Alternative to Venous Access

  • 11/10/2015
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Marriott Hotel at Cal Expo 1782 Tribute Rd. Sacramento, CA 95815


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Christopher Gadsden Carsten, III, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Program Director, Vascular Surgery Fellowship

Greenville Health System


Course Description:

Patients who have chronic medical conditions  such as hemophilia, Crohn's, and sickle cell require lifelong venous access and represent particularly challenging patient populations.  Currently these patients are frequently managed utilizing either Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC’s), tunneled cuffed catheters, or implantable ports.  This presentation will discuss the use of surgically created arteriovenous fistulas as an alternative to catheter/port based long-term venous access in patients with the need for permanent venous access. 

Learner Objectives:


1.        Identify patients who are appropriate for consideration for placement of an arteriovenous fistula for long-term venous access.

2.        Understand the physiology and function of an arteriovenous fistula.

3.        Understand the technique of accessing and using an arteriovenous fistula.

4.        Identify the common complications encountered in patients with arteriovenous fistulas.

5.        Identify potential advantages of arteriovenous fistulas over catheter based venous access.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP12371 for 1 contact hour.

Deadline to register:  November 6th, 2015

Cancellation Policy: No refunds after November 3, 2015


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