CiDA 2018  | NOVEMBER 1-2, 2018

SoDA 2018 | OCTOBER 31, 2018

The Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C.


Simulation of Dialysis Access (SoDA)

Vascular Access Simulation Training

The annual SoDA course is an intensive, interactive, innovative, half-day learning opportunity that takes place prior to the start of CiDA. Designed to address the increasing challenges associated with vascular access technique and decision making, SoDA teaches improved, surgical and interventional skills, aiming to enhance physician decision making. Modeled in-part after the airlines approach to improve flight safety, SoDA explores best practices in dialysis access to reduce complications. Attend SoDA for a memorable experience that is sure to change the way you think about and practice dialysis access procedures.


Course Directors

Ingemar Davidson, M.D., Ph.D.
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA
Bart L. Dolmatch, M.D., FSIR
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Mountain View, CA





12:00 – 1:00 PM     Registration

12:50 – 12:55 PM   Welcome and Introduction

1:00 – 5:05 PM       Start rotations


Station 1

PD Catheter Placement Simulation: Using an abdominal torso with artificial internal organs the trans-rectus muscle PD catheter is placed in a realistic simulated procedure. Additional procedures including fluoroscopically guided PD catheter placement will be addressed. Faculty: Dr. Hohmann


Station 2

Sedation and Blocks: Supra and infra-Clavicular blocks for dialysis access anesthesia using a simulation and video demonstration of the anatomical detail for navigating safe needle insertion. Faculty: Drs. Dolmatch and Kelner


Station 3

How is Dialysis Done?  Demo machine, with live patients. The complete hemo-dialysis procedure steps are shown in this simulated demonstration of machine setting and blood flow measurements. This station will display the hemodialysis machine components and function, blood pump speeds, access recirculation, arterial and venous pressure, needle types and size related to pump speed, Hemodialysis Monitor Demonstration, evaluate the access flow for high output cardiac failure. Patients with access will undergoing physical examination. Faculty: Dr. Beathard and Ms. O’Rear and Brewer



Station 4

Cannulation Simulation: Ultrasound Guided at flow rate of 450-500 ml/min into a Simulator Arm loop graft that is cannulated with two needles using. Faculty: Drs. Inston and Khawaja


Station 5

Ultrasound Vascular Mapping: Using live subjects and patients with functioning vascular access.  Pre-Operative vessel mapping and postoperative follow up, the vascular anatomy and blood flow are used to discuss the options for the appropriate action guided by the specific findings. Faculty: Dr. Lok and Ms. Bartley


Station 6

PTA and Beyond: Plain Old Balloon Angioplasty, Mechanically modified PTA balloons, and Drug Coated Balloons. Case-based approach to Juxta-anastomotic and Cephalic Arch stenosis with technique, sizing, and other technical details to achieve optimal PTA outcomes. Faculty: Drs. Hull and Trerotola


Station 7

Stent Graft Simulation in AV Access: Responsible on-label stent graft use.  Hands-on experience in a series of simulated AV access anatomies using simulated fluoroscopy/angiography/road mapping, with recreated touch-and-feel during stent graft placement (haptics). Faculty: Drs Haskal and Saad and Simulator Technical Team


Station 8

Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) and AV Access Angiography: Hands-on simulator experience, with training in techniques and diagnostic uses of IVUS as an adjunct for AV access intervention. Faculty: Dr. Patel


Station 9

AV Vascular Anastomosis: Suturing techniques including Endo Vascular techniques. Faculty: Drs. Gilbert, Hull and Jones


Station 10

The ‘Crystal Ball’: The future of Dialysis Access. Faculty: Dr. Ross











IMG 1145    IMG 1164


IMG 1151    IMG 1142



SoDA Program

Attendees will experience each simulation station for 20 minutes, then rotate to the next station.


12:00 p.m.   Registration

12:50 p.m.   Welcome Remarks

1:00 p.m.     Hands-On Simulation I

1:20 p.m.     Attendees Rotate to Next Station

1:25 p.m.     Hands-On Simulation II

1:45 p.m.     Attendees Rotate to Next Station

1:50 p.m.     Hands-On Simulation III

2:10 p.m.     Attendees Rotate to Next Station

2:15 p.m.     Hands-On Simulation IV

2:35 p.m.     Attendees Rotate to Next Station

2:40 p.m.     Hands-On Simulation V

3:00 p.m.     Attendees Rotate to Next Station

3:05 p.m.     Hands-On Simulation VI

3:25 p.m.     Attendees Rotate to Next Station

3:30 p.m.     Hands-On Simulation VII

3:50 p.m.     Attendees Rotate to Next Station

3:55 p.m.     Hands-On Simulation VIII

4:15 p.m.     Attendees Rotate to Next Station

4:20 p.m.     Hands-On Simulation IX

4:40 p.m.     Attendees Rotate to Next Station

4:45 p.m.     Hands-On Simulation X

5:05 p.m.     Simulation Adjourns