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Harnessing Patients’ Wishes to Drive Vascular Access Innovation

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Terry Litchfield, MPH, draws on five decades of experience when she argues for a more patient-centered approach to developing new vascular access options. Her experience stretches back to when her late husband Gerald started dialysis in 1968, and it continues in her current role as a consultant on patient-centered vascular access and as a Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) Patient and Family Partnership Council member.

“It was newsworthy in 1968 when someone started dialysis,” Litchfield said. “I’m very pleased to say dialysis sustained his life for a long time. We lived overseas; have machine, will travel.”

Now, she wants to make

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