A public service announcement from
The Nephron Information Center.
Please feel free to print and show to your nurse or phlebotomist.

Photo taken with a SONY infrared camera.

Please be careful with my veins

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Attention: To nurses or phlebotomist who are about to start an iv or draw blood on me.

Someday, I may need hemodialysis. That is best performed through an A-V fistula. The fistula lasts longer than the other types of access, has a lower incidence of infection, and does not have a higher incidence of clotting with EPO (Erythropoietin). However, it takes months to mature.

For more information go to links.nephron.com