A randomized controlled trial and cost-effectiveness analysis of early cannulation arteriovenous grafts versus tunneled central venous catheters in patients requiring urgent vascular access for hemodialysis. J Vasc Surg 2017: 65: 766–774.

Published: 2nd August 2017

Authors: Aitken E, Thomson P, Bainbridge L, Kasthuri R, Mohr B, Kingsmore D et al.


One hundred and twenty-one patients were included. Early cannulation of the grafts was associated with a lower rate of bacteraemia (3.3 versus 16.4 per cent, P=0.02) and fewer deaths (5 versus 16 per cent, P=0.04), but costs were similar.

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