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Step 1: Making and Access Plan

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Lifeline for a Lifetime

Step 1: Making an Access Plan

What is an access plan?

In order to get started, you will need an access plan to help guide you through all the steps toward a fistula or graft. You and your dialysis care team will make this plan together. An access plan helps guide you through the steps you need to take in order to make sure you have the best access for you. It is important to note that you may need more than one access over your lifetime. There is a simple checklist in this manual that will help you keep track of your plan. Make sure you have a copy of the plan.

The eight steps in your access plan are:

  1. Making my access plan
  2. Finding the best place for my access
  3. Going to see the surgeon
  4. Going for surgery
  5. Waiting for my access to mature or heal
  6. Using my access
  7. Getting my catheter out
  8. Taking care of my lifeline for a lifetime