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Vascular Access for Dialysis

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to set up, organise and provide a vascular access service. Using unembalmed cadavers, ultrasound and jigs, participants will acquire all the technical skills to efficiently assess suitability for and perform arterio venous fistulae. In addition, case-based discussion will be utilised to teach management of commonly encountered complications.

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29 - 30 November 2016 | London

The Royal College Of Surgeons Of England


Full Course Fee: £915.00
RCS England Members/Fellows: £823.50

Contact or 020 7869 6300
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  • Arteriovenous ultrasound assessment
  • Anastomosis techniques
  • Snuff box fistula
  • Radiocephalic fistula (PBAs)
  • Basilic vein transposition
  • Brachiocephalic fistula (PBAs)
  • Upper limb graft

Learning outcomes

At the completion of the course participants will:

  • know current guidelines for vascular access provision;
  • be proficient in theoretical and practical decision making regarding vascular access;
  • be competent at basic upper limb arteriovenous ultrasound assessment prior to access formation;
  • be proficient in the surgical techniques of vascular access creation;
  • know options in postoperative surveillance options for vascular access;
  • be competent in the management of access complications (eg failure to mature, thrombosis, venous hypertension, steal).

Course Director

Nandan Haldipur
Doncaster Royal Infirmary

Target Audience / Suitability

ST3-8, consultants and SAS Grades.

Am I suitable?


  • Practical workshops using unembalmed cadavers, ultrasound and jigs
  • Didactic lectures
  • Case based discussions

Additional Information

If you are attending this course as a participant in a non-training grade, this course has been allocated 12 CPD points counting towards your Continuing Professional Development.

Further information

Why take this course?

Interactive discussions with renal access experts will strengthen your knowledge of planning, decision making and management of renal access surgery and potential complications.

Delegate Feedback

‘I would recommend this course for every vascular surgeon in training.’

‘I think it was an extremely well run, coordinated and thought out course. I personally gained more than I thought I would from it.’