NIH Videos Help Health Providers Answer Questions about Dialysis
The eight short videos cover some of the most common questions patients ask about surgery to create an AV fistula, a connection between an artery and a vein in the arm that allows adequate blood flow for dialysis. The videos were produced by the NIH’s National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) and the Fistula First Breakthrough Initiative (FFBI).
Akinso: The National Institute of Health is now producing videos to help health care providers talk with patients about dialysis.
Narva: There are eight short videos which cover questions about dialysis.
Akinso: Dr. Andrew Narva is the Director of the National Kidney Disease Education Program.
Narva: The videos are questions and answers. The questions are asked by a fellow NIH employee who also has advanced chronic kidney disease and is actually facing the issues that she asks questions about, and brief responses from me.
Akinso: The videos were produced by the Fistula First Breakthrough Initiative and the NKDEP an initiative of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Each one- to two minute video features Ms. Betty Garrison, an actual patient who is facing dialysis.
Garrison: I was asked if I’d like to do the videos. And I decided to help others that may have some of the same questions in their mind that I had. I was facing having a fistula put in my arm for dialysis and I had a lot of questions and thought others may have as well.
Akinso: The video series is featured on websites of both NKDEP and FFBI. To access the videos on the NKDEP site, visit www.nkdep.nih.gov. This is Wally Akinso at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
About This Audio Report
Reporter: Wally Akinso
Sound Bite: Dr. Andrew Narva, Betty Garrison
Topic: dialysis, kidney disease
Additional Info: NIH videos help health providers answer questions about dialysis