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Vascular Access/LTC Reduction Tools

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Vascular Access Monthly Reporting Tool

This tool is designed to help facilities track their progress at reducing long-term catheters and improving vascular access use in their patients.

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Long-Term Catheter Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Tool

This tool helps facilities evaluate their long-term catheter use and analyze how they can reduce their use and encourage permanent accesses.

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Vascular Access Consultation Appointment Sheet

This appointment sheet is a helpful way to remind and encourage patients to seek a vascular access consultation.

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Vascular Access Options (AVF-AVG)

This document outlines the two vascular access options for patients, arteriovenous fistula (AVF) or arteriovenous graft (AVG).

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Vascular Access Options (AVF-AVG) - Spanish

This Spanish language document outlines the two vascular access options for patients, arteriovenous fistula (AVF) or arteriovenous graft (AVG).

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Benefits of a Permanent Access

This document outlines the many benefits patients have shared for having a permanent dialysis access.

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Benefits of a Permanent Access - Spanish

This Spanish language document outlines the many benefits patients have shared for having a permanent dialysis access.

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Life Options Vascular Access Education in Multiple Languages

Life Options has free print materials available, including booklets, newsletters, and fact sheets. This site also contains vascular access education in multiple languages.

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Fistula First Catheter Last

The Fistula First Website for patient can help you make a wise choice about which type of vascular access to use if you choose hemodialysis.

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Additional Tips for Reducing Needle Fear

This tool provides simple, easy-to-implement tips for patients to help reduce their fear of needles.

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Helping Patients Cope with Needle Fear

This tool is designed to help staff see needle fear from the patient perspective. It provides suggestions on how to react to patients' needle fear with compassion, understanding, and respect.

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Benefits of Having a Permanent Access

This one-page tool encourages hesitant patients to consider the benefits of having a permanent access. It includes the top patient-identified benefits of a permanent access.

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Coping with Needle Fear—You Are Not Alone

This tool, for use with hesitant patients, addresses patients' fear of needles, its causes, potential results, and tips for overcoming needle phobia. 

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