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Dialysis Patients Trial Wearable Artificial Kidney: Proof of concept study

Dialysis Patients Trial Wearable Artificial Kidney: Proof of concept study | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A couple of years ago the news broke about a new wearable dialysis machine about to go into clinical trial that is essentially an artificial kidney for cleansing and regulating levels of uraemic toxins in the blood. The device is worn on a belt around the patient's waist (as pictured).


Now the results of the pilot study undertaken in the United States have been made available. Although the portable artificial kidney functioned reasonably well, the limitations of the current device became apparent during the trial.


The full results of this important proof of concept study are published in the journal JCI Insight and make for interesting reading-


https://insight.jci.org/articles/view/86397


It is also now understood what are the limitations of the current dialysis modalities with respect to the clearance of uraemic toxins and how bioengineered solutions may make the process more efficient on the future. The following research has been published in the journal Nature-


http://www.nature.com/articles/srep26715





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Training Professionals: If You are Not Alarmed, You Should Be - Human Capital Institute

Training Professionals: If You are Not Alarmed, You Should Be - Human Capital Institute | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

How effective is 'training' in the workplace? What are some of the reasons that workplace 'training' may not be achieving either the hoped for or the desired outcomes?

 

This Blog post via the Human Capital Institute makes for interesting reading.......... 

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New Organ Procurement Approach May Benefit Transplants - Supply & Demand Chain Executive

New Organ Procurement Approach May Benefit Transplants - Supply & Demand Chain Executive | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report of a new organ donor management approach which may be beneficial particularly for liver transplant purposes comes from the United States. What it reveals is that centralisation of organ retrieval services potentially is cost effective.

As donor organs have a finite shelf life (ie a limited time that can be spent in cold storage — livers 6 to 10 hours following retrieval from the donor; hearts and lungs even less, kidneys less than 24 hours), measures which can increase the number of organs for transplantation are also important.

 

To read more on this story click on the following link (the sdcexec link is not available free online)-

http://o.canada.com/health/transplant-study-shows-benefits-of-a-single-organ-donation-centre/

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

This development will be watched closely and with interest. Whether it remains more cost effective to transfer potential organ donors to a fully resourced central facility or not, remains to be seen in many regions around the world.

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