ESRD National Coordinating Center Announces New FFCL Tools for Access Planning and Monitoring

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New additions to the vascular access planning and monitoring toolkits are now available for download on the ESRD National Coordinating Center (NCC) website. These tools were developed by the Fistula First Catheter Last (FFCL) Workgroup Coalition and focus on planning for a vascular access, fistula maturation and graft healing.

The Vascular Access Planning Guide for Renal Professionals is a comprehensive guide with all the steps in planning for and placing an arteriovenous (AV) fistula or an AV graft. It is a companion resource to Lifeline for a Lifetime: Planning for Your Vascular Access, the access planning guide for use in educating patients. The “Ready Set Go” tools were designed to aid renal professionals in understanding the stages of fistula maturation and graft healing, and to help them educate patients with companion patient resources.

The Lifeline for a Lifetime complete vascular access planning and monitoring toolkits for patients and renal professionals include:

  • Easy access to downloadable PDFs for patients and professionals
  • Videos that can be downloaded and saved for continued use
  • Many patient resources are available in English and Spanish

These materials are available in one central location through the ESRD NCC’s online Resource Download Center.

The End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) National Coordinating Center (NCC) provides support and coordination at the national level for the Medicare ESRD Network Program, under contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS.) For more information, please contact the ESRD NCC at 813-865-3535 or email