Most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients are well aware of the fact that the Artificial Wearable Kidney offers much more freedom by allowing those with Kidney Failure to move around - untethered from the large traditional Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis machines. The artificial kidney device prototype is literally built on top of a standard work belt from Home Depot. However, it is now being revealed that the wearable kidney could provide additional treatment benefits and may, in fact, "become an alternative to conventional Dialysis," according to Northwest Cable News.
To be more specific, successful Human Trials have prompted researchers to suggest, "the findings provide proof of concept that a wearable device along these lines could be developed as a viable, novel Dialysis technology." Engineering and Technology Magazine reporter, Tereza Pultarova, was even more direct writing, "Wearable artificial kidney offers viable alternative to Dialysis." Hence, it is great news for the Chronic Kidney Disease Community that the Artificial Wearable Kidney is continually showing positive results and may be a very promising breakthrough for Dialysis patients.
Those with Chronic Kidney Disease, especially individuals on Dialysis, will also be pleased to learn that patients who participated in the Human Trials reported that they had a greater satisfaction during their treatment with the Artificial Wearable Kidney when compared to conventional Dialysis treatment. This may be a result of Artificial Wearable Kidney patients not experiencing wipeout (exhaustion, clamminess, nausea, and/or pain as a result of Dialysis) after treatments. The continual (approximately 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) cleaning of the Artificial Wearable Kidney also offers Chronic Kidney Disease patients much less restricted diets (able to eat bananas, potatoes, ice cream, macaroni and cheese, tomatoes, potato chips, and more), and is expected to be less harmful to heart health than traditional Dialysis.
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Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb (a lead researcher and Director of the Kidney Research Institute at the University of Washington) pointed out, "The more we could replicate, with a Wearable Artificial Kidney, the function of one’s own healthy kidneys, the more healthy one would be. If we can do this so it’s not intrusive or preventing people from living the life that they want to live we think that this could be a benefit.”
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Chuck Lee was the first patient to try the wearable kidney and has been on Dialysis for a whopping forty-years. He said that, "I was amazed how well it worked...I ate whatever I wanted, during the trial. I had a double order of macaroni and cheese for dinner. I ate Cheetos all night long. I drank orange juice and tomato juice which are both high in potassium. I’d be wearing it today if I could."
Now, after the completion and evaluation of the first round of Human Trials, the Artificial Wearable Kidney researchers are refining the product to correct issues such as carbon dioxide gas bubbles in Dialysis Solution, intermediate blood flow complications, and the weight of the device (making it weigh less). The dates for new Human Trials have not yet been released. However, if you would like to be kept informed about developments and trial sign-up dates associated with the Wearable Artificial Kidney then complete the below form.
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