Johns Hopkins University Spinoff Designs a Better Vascular Access Port for Kidney Dialysis Patients  
6/4/2013 8:08:35 AM

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For the more than 870,000 patients in the U.S. being treated for end-stage renal disease, hemodialysis treatments become part of a daily or multiple-times-a-week routine. In order to perform dialysis, clinicians must create long-term, high-flow access to a patient’s blood vessels. But current access options, like arteriovenous fistulas, arteriovenous grafts and central venous catheters, can cause infections and clotting problems that require their removal or replacement. A group of former graduate students and staff members at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have designed an access port they think could extend the longevity and safety of access sites while preventing stenosis and infection. Read more:

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