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Is a method of gaining entry to the bloodstream so that dialysis can be performed. AV fistula is one form of access for haemodialysis.

Is an access that is made by connecting one end of a piece of artificial vein to the patient's vein and the other end to the patient's artery. The graft is a larger vessel that allows the rapid blood flow needed for efficient haemodialysis. It is commonly called a graft.

Arteriovenous shunt on the forearm or a central venous catheter.

“Thickness” of a fluid.