Hi, Interesting question and I am wondering if anyone's hospital has a policy on this as I am not finding anything else. Should pre-op nurses assess and document existing dialysis fistulas prior to an unrelated surgery such as a hysterectomy, knee replacement, etc.? ________________________________ Dana Kopp, MLS, AHIP | Medical Librarian | Providence Health & Services | System Library Services | tel: 406.329.5711 | fax: 406.329-5688 | email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> ________________________________ This message is intended for the sole use of the addressee, and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the addressee you are hereby notified that you may not use, copy, disclose, or distribute to anyone the message or any information contained in the message. If you have received this message in error, please immediately advise the sender by reply email and delete this message.