Behind the Scan

To See is to Know: Ultrasound Visualization for Hemodialysis Cannulation

November 24, 2020
60 Minutes

Adrienne will discuss the value of becoming proficient at using ultrasound for guiding hemodialysis cannulations. The presentation will cover current evidence and expert recommendations for using ultrasound to increase clinician confidence, reduce patient anxiety, and reduce risks of adverse events during the cannulation process. She will provide an overview of how ultrasound works to allow visualization of key structures and guidance of the insertion, and recommend steps to take to increase the rate of adoption of ultrasound in the dialysis unit.

What You'll Learn

  • How POCUS results in safer cannulation

  • Tips to become proficient at using POCUS for cannulation

  • Which fistula and graft-related issues can be identified using ultrasound

  • How to initiate ultrasound-guided cannulation within your institution

Your Presenter for this Webinar is:

Presenter:Adrienne Barrett, RN
Body Access / Independent Dialysis Nurse, Health Sciences North Nephrology Program, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Since graduating in 1995, with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, Adrienne Barrett has focused for 25 years on caring for dialysis patients. Her influence on successful hemodialysis practices has expanded over the years through her evolving roles in education and provincial policy initiatives. Adrienne is currently the Body Access/Independent Dialysis Nurse for the Health Sciences North Nephrology Program in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, where she contributes to a multidisciplinary, patient-centered care team. Her responsibilities include knowledge sharing at symposia, conferences, and workshops, and contributing to task groups for the Ontario Renal Network.

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