Dialysis Access Types:
A Guide for Patients and Caregivers


Gaining a better understanding about the four types of dialysis access can help you make an educated decision, along with your care team, on which access is the best option for you.

Patients who receive a diagnosis of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and need dialysis will need access placement or access creation as a first step towards dialysis treatment. Dialysis removes wastes and excess water from the blood in different ways and the dialysis access is your lifeline. Having a thorough understanding of the different dialysis access types helps to make the right decision for you to thrive while on dialysis and regain control.

The right access will differ for each patient, but if you play an active role in understanding your options for your dialysis treatment journey,  it will become easier for you, your nephrologist and care team to determine the access that will be most effective for your treatment.

Download this 13-page eBook to be in the know about dialysis access types. You can expect to learn about:

  • The four types of dialysis access
  • Pros and cons about each access type
  • Treatment settings- inpatient vs outpatient
  • Caring for your access with Dialysis Access Management

You can thrive on dialysis, and no matter which access type you have, keeping your dialysis access functioning allows you to be your healthiest.  We want to assist you with the knowledge and resources to become an expert on your health during your dialysis journey.