Does Your Facility Encourage Self-Cannulation? Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions for Coverage

Did you know that some patients overcome needle fear by training to cannulate themselves?  Self-Cannulation: A Patient Right and CMS Expectation for Interested and Trained Patients discusses the CMS Conditions for Coverage, and cites the relevant conditions and interpretive guidelines. The blog post was written by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW to dispel any concerns that dialysis clinic staff might have about a patient's right to be trained and perform self-cannulation.