The Greek Carers Network Epioni in collaboration with the Saronic Nephrological Center successfully organized a workshop on Friday, July 7, on the topic of venous anastomoses. The workshop, which was held online, was attended by members of kidney associations, patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) or End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), family caregivers and health professionals.


The following topics were analysed:
1) What is defined as an arteriovenous anastomosis and how it is created
2) Types of arteriovenous anastomosis
3) Referral time from the attending physician for the creation of a vascular access for the patient with CKD
4) Major differences between fistula, central venous catheter and graft
5) Ways to treat thrombosis of the vascular access
6) Patient instructions after arteriovenous anastomosis surgery

The speakers who participated were:
1) Nikolaos Karidis, Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University Hospital of Patras
2) Nikolaos Papachristou, Nephrologist, Assistant Professor of Pathology, University Hospital of Patras.
3) Alexandros Barlas, Vascular Surgeon, Athens General Hospital “Laiko”

The event took place in the framework of the European project ECARIS