What you will learn

Course description: 

Establishment and maintenance of a well-functioning arteriovenous access is crucial
to the survival of patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Duplex ultrasound (DUS) has applications pre-operatively, intra-operatively and post-operatively for
successful planning, placement, and maintenance of the hemodialysis access. The
complex duplex ultrasound assessments associated with hemodialysis access
planning, placement, and maintenance require completeness and accuracy to ensure
patients receive the most appropriate interventions and are essential in guiding the
surgeon/interventionalists decision making process. This course is intended to help
prepare the sonographer to perform these exams more confidently.

To this end, this course will provide attendees the opportunity to spend a day with
Patricia (Tish) Poe, BA RVT who will share her knowledge and experience in the
range of studies applicable to patients needing hemodialysis treatments. She will
share a blend of didactic and case study lecture to improve the skills of the attendees
in pre-operative vessel mapping and post-placement assessment of a variety of
dialysis access conduits. The course will cover the historical development of dialysis
access and the role of DUS studies, vascular anatomy relevant to access placement
options, protocols for pre-operative mapping and post-operative assessment of
access function, and DUS interpretation criteria recommendations to optimize
establishment and maintenance of these lifelines.



Course objectives: 

Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:

• Describe the history of hemodialysis for the treatment of renal failure 

• Identify the various types of hemodialysis access

• Explain the vasculature associated with placement of hemodialysis access conduits

• Demonstrate ability to recognize sonographic anatomy and hemodynamics necessary to complete pre-procedure vessel mapping

• Describe the normal appearance of dialysis fistulae and grafts on duplex ultrasound images using B-mode, color Doppler and Doppler velocity waveform analysis

• Recognize abnormal duplex findings and common complications associated with
dialysis fistulae and grafts

• Utilize protocols and criteria for pre-op vessel mapping and post-op evaluation of
dialysis fistulae and grafts


Course details

Course Code: 


Delivery method: 

  • Blended


  • English


1 Day

Course disclaimer: 

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