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Module 8—Vascular Access: A Lifeline for Dialysis :: More Reading

Additional Resources

In addition to the free Life Options materials you can find at, the resources below may help you learn more about the topics in this module of Kidney School.

Life at Home Articles


These 8-page booklets use simple text and pictures. There are step-by-step explanations of how to use a fistula, graft, or catheter for dialysis, as well as descriptions of common problems and what patients can do to keep their access healthy.

Available in multiple languages.


  1. www.fistulafirst.orgFistula First
    An effort by Medicare, the ESRD Networks, doctors, nurses, social workers, surgeons, patients, and others to ensure that fistulas are the first choice for all patients who can have one. Provides helpful resources to learn more about fistulas and how to care for them.


  1. Buttonhole Method of Needle Insertion Into A/V Fistulas (video), by George Harper
    If you would like more information, write to Dialysis Clinics, Inc., Attn: Julie Helgerson, 3300 LeMone Industrial Blvd, Columbia, MO 65202.
  2. Which way should needles go in an AV fistula? A thirteen minute webinare presented by John Agar, MD

Please note: Life Options does not endorse these materials. Rather, we believe you are the best person to choose what will meet your needs from these or other resources you find. Please check with your local library, bookstore, or the internet to find these items.

Module 8—Vascular Access: A Lifeline for Dialysis :: More Reading