ESRD National Coordinating Center Announces New FFCL Vascular Access Tools

One Minute Catheter Check
The End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center (ESRD NCC) announces that new additions to the vascular access materials and enhancements to the Lifeline for a Lifetime toolkit for patients and professionals are now available for download on the ESRD NCC website. These tools were developed by the Fistula First Catheter Last (FFCL) Workgroup Coalition, which is comprised of noted leaders from CMS, ESRD Networks, and the renal community at large, as part of its ongoing efforts to increase the use of AV fistulas and decrease the use of tunneled dialysis catheters. The newest tools include resources for the One Minute Catheter Check and a Spanish language version of the Access Planning Manual. The complete toolkit for patients and providers can now be found in one central location and includes the following educational resources encouraging the one minute catheter check, vascular access planning, and vascular access monitoring: • Videos that can now be downloaded and saved for continued use • Downloadable PDFs and interactive files for patients and professionals • Patient resources available in both English and Spanish • Resource Download Center for convenient access to and downloading of all educational materials These FFCL Workgroup Coalition tools are designed to promote catheter safety while a patient is progressing towards an AV fistula or an AV graft, and to aid renal professionals as they educate patients about the importance of planning and caring for an AV fistula or AV graft–their lifeline for a lifetime. These materials are now available online by visiting or 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 This publication was developed under Contract Number HHSM-500-2013-NW002C, titled “End Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center (ESRD NCC)”, sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy.Facebooktwittermail