DaVita.com Kidney Education http://www.davita.com DaVita provides a complete range of dialysis treatments and support services for patients living with chronic kidney failure, also known as end stage renal disease, or ESRD. Arteriovenous (AV) Fistula — The Gold Standard Hemodialysis access http://www.davita.com/preparing-for-dialysis/planning for a vascular access/arteriovenous-(av)-fistula-—-the-gold-standard-hemodialysis-access/a/5032

The arteriovenous (AV) fistula is considered the “gold standard” vascular access among hemodialysis practitioners, nephrologists (kidney doctors) and kidney disease advocacy groups. Find out about all the access choices and learn what a fistula is, why there is a program called “Fistula First” promoting the use of fistulas and how to care for one.