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.

Simulation Stations


  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM     Registration
  • 12:50 – 12:55 PM   Welcome and Introduction
  • 1:00 – 5:05 PM       Start rotations

Station 1

Peritoneal Dialysis 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: Dr. 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: Drs. Beathard and Sor, Ms. O’Rear and Simulation Technical Team

Station 4

Cannulation Simulation: Ultrasound Guided cannulation with two needles at flow rate of 450-500 ml/min into a Simulator Arm loop graft. Faculty: Dr. Khawaja

SoDA program agenda

(Rotation Schedule)

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