Portable and Wearable Dialysis Equipment Involves Advanced Digital Technology to Provide Better and Accurate Results
As dialysis is necessary for regulating numerous vital functions of the kidney for patients with chronic kidney diseases, its equipment has always been in demand in the medical industry. During kidney damage, kidney failure, or kidney dysfunction, dialysis equipment is basically used to filter the patient’s and to remove excess waste products from the kidney. Due to the high prevalence of acute and chronic kidney diseases, dialysis equipment has become an essential part of most hospitals, clinics, ambulatory surgery settings, and home care settings. There are different modalities of dialysis such as hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, renal replacement therapy, continuous renal replacement therapy, etc.
The dialysis machine is used to mix and monitor dialysate, a fluid that helps in removing waste materials from the blood. It also monitors the flow of blood and simultaneously balances the levels of electrolytes and minerals in your body. The dialysis equipment includes pumps, valves, sensors, and a cleaning system. Peristaltic pumps are used to regulate various fluid such as blood, dialysate, water, and saline. Several valves with electronic actuation are driven by stepper motors and other means to allow variable mixing ratio. Sensors are important dialysis equipment required for monitoring various parameters such as temperature, pressure gradient, motor speed, and fluid concentration. As the same equipment are used for a number of patients, all the components must be sterilized. Saline or sterilized water is run through the entire system to remove all the impurities.
A Look at the Advanced Trends of Dialysis Equipment
With the advancement of technology and increasing demand for dialysis equipment, there are many new inventions which may cut down regular visits to hospitals and clinics. One of such latest inventions is implantable bioartificial kidneys which have a similar function to the normal human kidney and free the patient from the need of dialysis. The medical device manufacturers are introducing dialysis equipment which is portable and need not be confined to a fixed place. Such equipment is lighter in weight, flexible for patients to use them at home, and are very easy to use. Adopting advanced digital technology in dialysis equipment will also ensure more accuracy in the results and reduce the cost of human labor.
To reduce the dependency on dialysis equipment, certain medical institutes are also developing wearable artificial kidney and it may be a boon to patients with the end-stage renal disease. Such wearable dialysis equipment is designed as the belt which can be worn for slow and gentle dialysis process. The manufacturers ensure enhanced and better performance, comfort, and reliable. The wearable dialysis equipment is best to mimic functions of natural kidney and also facilitates the patients to use it conveniently anywhere. Main components of this equipment will include dialysis membrane, dialysate regeneration, vascular access, patient monitoring, power source, and monitoring system. However, the use of traditional dialysis equipment will still persist as the advanced equipment are highly technical. With such significant innovations, the global dialysis equipment market is estimated to witness a major transformation.
Detailed excerpt on the global market of dialysis equipment and its current and forecast scenario can be viewed from a recent research outlook at here.