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How Efficient is Your Dialysis Center's Vascular Access Surveillance Tool?

How efficient is your dialysis center’s vascular access surveillance tool? Does it provide you with consistent data and reports that easily identify your patients whose accesses are at the highest risk of clotting?

The efficiency of a dialysis center's vascular access surveillance tool can vary depending on a number of factors, including the type of tool used, how it is implemented, and the training and experience of the staff using it.

Some vascular access surveillance tools are also more efficient than others. For example, tools such as Vasc-Alert that require no additional clinical staff time and automatically collect and analyze treatment data can be more efficient than tools that require manual testing and data entry.

Implementation of a vascular access surveillance tool is also important. With Vasc-Alert the process is simple and seamless. Once a small amount of information is collected about the dialysis center, treatment data is requested, received, and processed with reports then made available to the appropriate staff.

The training and experience of the staff using a vascular access surveillance tool is also important. Staff need to be properly trained on how to use the tool and how to interpret the data it produces. Vasc-Alert has many training opportunities available such as one on one training webinars or podcasts available on the website. We also have different patient education pieces available to help facilitate conversations about your patients’ vascular access health.

If you are concerned about the efficiency of your dialysis center's vascular access surveillance tool, you can evaluate it by looking at the following factors:

  • How often does the tool collect data?
  • How accurate is the data that the tool collects?
  • How timely is the data that the tool produces?
  • How easy is the tool to use and interpret?
  • Are you able to use the tool to identify patients whose accesses are at the highest risk of clotting?

Vasc-Alert uses treatment data collected from every dialysis session your patient completes and is available in a portal with secure access provided. Priority reports are then produced that help providers efficiently identify patients whose accesses are at the highest risk of thrombosis allowing proactive referral for evaluation to occur.

If you are not satisfied with the efficiency of your dialysis center's vascular access surveillance tool, contact us to learn more about how Vasc-Alert has proven its effectiveness at improving vascular access outcomes.