From fistula-first to patient-first

For hemodialysis patients, a "fistula first" approach has long been the standard. But fistulas can fail, 20 to 60 percent of the time,1-5 subjecting patients to undue hardship and central venous catheter (CVC)-related risks.

That's one reason 2019 Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) guidelines6 emphasize the need for a more individualized approach to access modality selection.

It is about achieving the "right access, in the right patient, at the right time, for the right reasons."

- KDOQI guidelines

When patients are at risk for fistula non-maturation, turn to the GORE® ACUSEAL Vascular Graft – the purpose-built choice for rapid and long-term access for the road ahead. It is ideal for patients who are already on a CVC, or those who need a new access and must achieve cannulation in under two weeks.

It allows for earlier removal or avoidance of a CVC and helps achieve hemodialysis success with minimized access-related procedures and complications ─ for more confidence at every step.

24 hour Immediate Cannulation: Cannulate within 24 hours with the only FDA-cleared vascular access graft with the claim of immediate cannulation
Reduced infection and mortality: 5x lower risk of infection, compared with CVC; 3x lower risk of mortality, compared with CVC
Long-term access: 78% secondary patency demonstrated at 12 months.

Designed with your patients in mind

Because dialysis access is personal

The tri-layer design of the GORE® ACUSEAL Vascular Graft is optimized for early cannulation and provides uncompromised handling.

Image showing the tri-layer design of the GORE ACUSEAL Vascular Graft. Abluminal layer (ePTFE graft). Elastomeric layer. Luminal layer (ePTFE with CBAS Heparin Surface).
  • Purpose-built for immediate cannulation, designed with an elastomeric middle layer that serves as a low bleed barrier to cannulation needle holes.
  • Flexible at curves without kinking.

The GORE® ACUSEAL Vascular Graft also features CBAS® Heparin Surface technology to resist thrombosis ─ a leading cause of AVG failure.11

Learn more about CBAS® Heparin Surface

Reported ability to significantly reduce early thrombosis rates. Reported potential to improve primary patency by up to 20%. 78% clot-free survival reported at one a year.

* Compared with non-immediate cannulation AV grafts.
Compared with standard non-heparin bonded ePTFE grafts.

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  2. Allon M, Imrey PB, Cheung AK, et al; Hemodialysis Fistula Maturation (HFM) Study Group. Relationships between clinical processes and arteriovenous fistula cannulation and maturation: a multicenter prospective cohort study. American Journal of Kidney Diseases 2018;71(5):677-689.
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