CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 41, Issue 10, pp 1513–1519 | Cite as

A Prospective Clinical Study of a Percutaneous Vascular Access System for Hemodialysis Catheters

  • Dheeraj K. RajanEmail author
  • Buzz Moran
  • Thomas J. Lobl
  • Murray R. Asch
  • Andrew W. Steele
  • Charmaine E. Lok
Clinical Investigation Venous Interventions
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Venous Interventions



Dysfunctional or infected hemodialysis polyester-cuffed catheters often require removal and are dissected out. The DermaPort™, percutaneous vascular access system (PVAS) permanently integrates a titanium mesh with the skin forming a stable, sterile barrier that allows for catheter placement, adjustment, or catheter exchange. This study aimed to describe the use and clinical outcomes of the DermaPort PVAS.


Thirty-eight patients who were receiving hemodialysis via a tunneled catheter were enrolled in this prospective open-label study. Assessments were performed biweekly for the first month and monthly thereafter, which included physical examination of the site of implantation for infection, catheter blood flow, and need for interventions to maintain catheter patency. Patient satisfaction was assessed with a visual analog score.


Implantation of technical success was 100% with the implantation site demonstrating early tissue incorporation after 2 weeks and full incorporation within 4 weeks. The DermaPort™ successfully enabled 31 catheter exchanges and 10 repositions thru the port without dissection in 18 patients with nine repositions (90%) performed at bedside. The mean primary patency of the DermaPort™ was 172 ± 150 days, and mean secondary patency was 430 ± 203 days. There were no reportable serious adverse events in 12,100 catheter days of use and zero explantations of the device attributed to infection. The observed catheter infection rate was 0.33/1000 days.


The DermaPort™ system can be effectively implanted and facilitates catheter interventions in hemodialysis patients requiring long-term catheter use and has a lower infection rate than historical catheter infection rates.

Clinical Trial Protocol Number DermaPort-001 (no number as study was performed 9 years ago).

Health Canada Reference Application Number: 118393.


Catheter Clinical Dialysis Hemodialysis Percutaneous port 



Catheter-related infection


Percutaneous vascular access system


Standard deviation




Blood flow rate


Tunneled dialysis catheters


Visual analog scales



The authors acknowledge the following people for their help in this study: Anna-Marie Sutherland (Former Clinical Coordinator, Lakeridge Health); Abe Janis (Former Technical Liaison for Scientific Development, DermaPort, Inc.). We thank Richard Holcomb for statistical support of this work.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflicts of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Standards

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committees and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Financial Support

We acknowledge DermaPort, Inc. for funding this clinical trial. We also thank the Alfred Mann Institute for Biomedical Research at the University of Southern California for support of this paper. Dheeraj K. Rajan, Murray Asch, and Andrew Steele were paid consultants to DermaPort, Inc.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dheeraj K. Rajan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Buzz Moran
    • 2
  • Thomas J. Lobl
    • 3
  • Murray R. Asch
    • 4
  • Andrew W. Steele
    • 5
  • Charmaine E. Lok
    • 6
  1. 1.Division of Vascular Interventional Radiology, Department of Medical Imaging, University Health NetworkUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Former President DermaPort Inc., President Moran Medical Device ConsultingSanta BarbaraUSA
  3. 3.Alfred Mann Institute at University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Department of Interventional RadiologyLakeridge HealthOshawaCanada
  5. 5.Medical Director and Section Chief of Nephrology and DiabetesLakeridge HealthOshawaCanada
  6. 6.Medical Director of Chronic Kidney Diseases and Hemodialysis Vascular Access ProgramsToronto General HospitalTorontoCanada

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