The full report suite on the U.S. market for dialysis includes hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis machines, dialysis catheters, dialyzers, dialyzer reprocessing machines, hemodialysis bloodline and tubing sets, AV fistula needles, AV access grafts, declotting devices, introducer sheaths and guidewires and water treatment systems. The dialysis patient population has been increasing since 2013 and is projected to continue increasing over the forecast period. Notable trends include shifts between hemodialysis patients and peritoneal dialysis patients as well as the rate of transition from in-center treatment options to personal, home treatment.
An AV fistula needle enables access to the patients circulatory system and permits the flow of blood from the patient, to the dialyzers blood compartment and then back into the patients bloodstream. An AV fistula needle is used for patients with either an AV fistula or an AV graft; however, they are not required for patients implanted with a dialysis catheter.