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“A New Paradigm in Vascular Access” – Improving Patient Care in Peru Through the ISN Educational Ambassadors Program

Staff at the Almenara Hospital in Lima practice vascular access procedures under guidance from ISN Educational Ambassador Anderson Tavares Rodrigues

ISN Educational Ambassador Anderson Tavares Rodrigues (Brazil) visited staff at the Almenara Hospital in Lima, Peru, in January to present theoretical and practical training on vascular access placement for hemodialysis, especially arteriovenous fistulas (AVF).

Professor Rodrigues comments, “The nephrologists were exposed to a new paradigm in vascular accesses that will positively impact the follow-up of patients that need an arteriovenous fistula. Nephrologists should be involved in all steps of vascular access care with their patients. This new paradigm can help improve our patients’ treatment and quality of life.”

Dr. Alberto Gushiken, a clinical nephrologist at the Almenara hospital, notes, “Learning a new technique and procedure is a challenge, especially when working with very small vessels, but by observing the technique and practicing it under guidance from Professor Anderson, it was achievable.”

He concludes, “The training has given us a broad vision in selecting and planning fistula creation for CKD patients. It is a first step in a long-term strategy to meet the high demand of patients who need an AVF here in Lima.”

Could your healthcare center benefit from training in vascular access or another kidney-related medical procedure? Find out more about the ISN Educational Ambassadors Program here or contact

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