An AV graft is the connection of a vein and an artery that utilizes a hollow, synthetic tube (the actual “graft”).

An arteriovenous (AV) graft is a type of access used for hemodialysis. The graft is usually placed in the arm, but may be placed in the leg if necessary.

Caring for Your AV Graft

Just like with an AV fistula, you will need to care for your graft every day, so remember to look, listen and feel for the same indicators used with a fistula.

  • *Look – Check for signs of infection, such as swelling, redness, as well as bleeding, peeling of the skin over the access or bulging areas.
  • *Listen – Check for the sound of blood flowing through.
  • *Feel – Check for vibration, called the “thrill.” The absence or change in thrill could be cause for concern.