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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is patent access so important?

The key to successful dialysis is patent access. Without a properly functioning vascular access, dialysis is interrupted, potentially causing delays in treatment and leading to costly medical care. By identifying stenosis early, potential stenosis problems can be treated proactively. Proactive treatment has been shown to improve outcomes, minimize delays in treatment, and reduce costs for both the patient and dialysis center.

Why do organizations use Vasc-Alert?

Research shows that Vasc-Alert can improve clinical outcomes while at the same time improving the bottom line by minimizing missed treatments and reducing costs associated with stenosis patients. It can also lead to greater patient satisfaction. 

How is Vasc-Alert different from other surveillance methods?

Vasc-Alert primarily differs from other patent access surveillance systems in how it collects and analyzes access information. Vasc-Alert uses treatment data that is already being recorded in the patient’s run record at every treatment session to calculate pressure in the access over time. This data trend leads to more accurate surveillance than test data typically taken only once a month with other surveillance systems.

Can I keep the same staffing requirements with Vasc-Alert?

Yes. One reason Vasc-Alert is so successful is that the system tracks and monitors each patient automatically, without user input or additional staff requirements. The system only alerts the center if there is a problem detected. As a result, Vasc-Alert actually increases staff efficiency while providing a superior level of clinical care.

What support does Vasc-Alert provide?

Vasc-Alert provides ample guidance and support to help organizations transition to this intuitive, easy-to-implement system. We provide a detailed booklet and CD that walks users through each step. In addition, our Vasc-Alert team is available to answer any questions or concerns you may have throughout the process. Simply call 765-775-2525 for assistance.

How does Vasc-Alert warn centers of a potential access problem?

Because Vasc-Alert tests access with every treatment, the system records multiple readings each week. It then analyzes this trend information and pinpoints patients who are at risk for clotting. The system sends a report of these at risk patients to the center on a weekly basis for staff evaluation and intervention. This same information can be viewed online at any time.

Does Vasc-Alert work with any organizational structure?

Yes. Because Vasc-Alert is data driven and does not require staff to do the testing, the system is used by organizations of all shapes and sizes. 

Who can I call to learn more about Vasc-Alert?

We welcome the opportunity to answer any questions and discuss how Vasc-Alert may be able to help your organization’s unique surveillance needs. To get started, call 765-775-2525.

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