Alayne Gagen

Alayne Gagen on her role as a Renal Vascular Access Nurse Specialist

Alayne Gagen explains her role as a Renal Vascular Access Nurse Specialist and describes the steps involved in the creation of an AV Fistula. My name is Alayne Gagen, I’m the Renal Vascular Access Nurse specialist for CMFT, or VANS for short, many of you will know me from both the transplant unit where I[…]

To glove, or not to glove, that is the question

Recently I’ve noticed in some other renal support groups that home haemodialysis (HHD) patients state they are wearing gloves. The home environment is different from a clinical setting and I began to question why these patients were wearing gloves. Firstly let us look at the reasons clinicians wear gloves: Rationale for using medical gloves: Medical[…]

Audrey, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and dialysis ‘shared care’ advocate

My name is Audrey Hyde; many of you may have already come across me as I’ve been around the renal services for many years. Back in 1986 I requested a transfer onto the dialysis unit to see if I would like working in this speciality. Back then haemodialysis units were what we now describe as[…]