Here’s a fact, most of the 400,000 US citizens that have failed kidneys are still with their loved ones today because of the three visits per week at dialysis centers to get their blood cleaned. Imagine how much more free these people will feel if they can receive treatment DAILY right in the comforts of their own homes. Well, thanks to new technology that enables the production of portable home dialysis machines, it may not be that long anymore for at-home dialysis treatments to be the norm.
Preliminary research shows that at-home dialysis treatments help keep patients healthier. Of the two types of dialysis, peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis, the latter is said to be the one to be getting more of the ‘at-home’ attention simply because the procedures for it are easier and more directly benefiting from at-home dialysis care.
Another plus to at-home dialysis care is a reduction in healthcare costs. Because hospitalization is less frequent, health care expenses for at-home patients may mean savings of $10,000 to $20,000 annually.
To date the FDA has cleared only two portable machines for daily home dialysis use; the PHD System by Aksys (which is 300 pounds), and the portable System One by NxStage Medical (which is only 70 pounds). Renal Solutions is said to be set to develop a third portable machine for home use in August 2005.