The Dialysis Vascular Access Coalition (DVAC) is a consortium of medical specialty societies, physicians, and non-hospital centers that provide vascular access services to individuals with advanced chronic kidney disease and End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Vascular access centers (VACs) treat more than half of a million cases per year across the country in a safe, specialized, patient-preferred, non-hospital setting.
VACs are separate and distinct from the centers where ESRD patients actually receive dialysis treatment. Before dialysis treatment can begin, physicians must first create access to the patient’s bloodstream to allow the patient to connect to the dialysis machine (which acts like an artificial kidney, filtering out toxins, removing excess fluid, and correcting body chemistry). Our members not only provide the specialized services to create and maintain the vascular accesses for the hundreds of thousands of Americans in need of dialysis treatment, but also work to maintain and preserve these accesses to ensure continued uninterrupted dialysis treatment on an ongoing basis thereafter.
DVAC represents more than 50 percent of the non-hospital sector.