New Dialysis Treatment Set To Launch And May Prevent Kidney Patients From Being "Tethered"

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In the next year the University of Washington Medicine will launch a clinical trial of their manufactured wearable Artificial Kidney. The trial, done in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will test the effectiveness of the ten pound wearable battery-powered artificial kidney which is attached as a belt around the waist. The ultimate goal of the potential new modality of treatment is to free End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients from being "tethered" for several hours to a dialysis machine or even prevent Peritoneal Dialysis patients from having to conduct multiple daily exchanges.

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Initial proof-of-concept tests with patients in Europe suggest that the device provides excellent clearance of blood-waste products, partly due to a "pump that’s different from any pump used in conventional dialysis machines,” said Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb. However, criteria for determining patient eligibility and other protocol details are still being defined.

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Many people on dialysis place themselves on a regional Kidney Transplant Waiting List with a wait time that is no better than it was 10 years ago. In fact, Kidney Transplants

in 2012 have significantly "lagged" when compared to recent years, according to the United States Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. What makes the matter worse is that the rate of living kidney donation is also down "markedly." This may be due to the fact that an increased prevalence of obesity and diabetes is reducing the number of eligible Kidney Transplant Donors.

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So the goal of this new treatment is to improve quality of life for those with ESRD. Although some patients can and have lived 20 years or more on dialysis, others have a much more difficult time. It is not fully understood why some people do better than others on dialysis but what is universally agreed upon is that the easier it is for people undergoing dialysis to make appropriate lifestyle changes the better off they are. This Artificial Kidney very well may have the potential to make dialysis patients better off. To learn more about the exciting new advancement email KidneyBuzz.com at contact@kidneybuzz.com.

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References: 

"Wearable Artificial Kidney to Be Tested for Safety and Effectiveness in Collaboration with FDA." UW Today.

"Wearable Artificial Kidney Trial to Begin in next Year." University of Washington Consult Article.