This machine could be a home dialysis game changer
A Canadian teen has invented a simplified machine for home HD for a high school science fair, and instead of $30K, it costs about $500. While she intends the machine for developing countries, who knows?
Baxter shows new PD and home HD machines at the ADC
At the Annual Dialysis Conference in New Orleans, Baxter showed its new Amia PD cycler, which is 10 lbs. lighter and has a touch pad, and its Vivia home HD machine, available in Europe but not yet in the US.
Have a cappuccino with Dr. Claudio Ronco and discover WAK-man!
Dr. Ronco’s group in Vicenza, Italy is working on a wearable vest for continuous ultrafiltration (water removal from the blood). See a prototype and hear his description.
Which Pipeline Machine Company has Morphed into Outset Medical?
Europe gets a new home HD machine!
Maybe the new Quanta will come to the US next. The portable home HD and in-center machine is designed for flexibility, and has a single-use cartridge.
A UK hospital is testing a video link to support home dialysis patients
What happens if you have a question DURING a home treatment? If you dialyze through the Lancashire Teaching Hospital in the UK, you can push a button and videoconference with your nurse, who can see you and walk you through any problems. This looks like a great way to help new folks at home.
Hemotech’s venous needle won’t fall out!
Venous needle dislodgment can be fatal. And, since the pressure of blood returning to the body is negative, the machine may not alarm. Hemotech, a start-up in Sonoma County, CA, is working on a prototype of a new needle that will detect blood leaks—and stop the flow of blood.
First US human testing of the Wearable Artificial Kidney
The University of Washington is the first testing site for the Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) in up to 16 people. The battery powered device will continuously filter and reuse water, so it weighs just 10 lbs—but may get even lighter. See it for yourself.
Baxter’s Vivia home HD machine outside the US
Home HD trend lines outside the US are climbing! In England, about 4% of dialysis consumers use home HD (that’s about 4 times the US rate). Canada is at about 5%, and Sweden is close to 6%. In Australia,10% of people with ESRD use home HD. Baxter’s Vivia machine (approved in Europe but not yet in the US) is taking advantage of this trend.
What can Optiflow do for you?
Apparently, veins and arteries don't like being connected together to make an AV fistula. Optiflow is a mechanical connector that takes the place of sutures and helps keep the connection open.