Med-tech Company Designs Portable Dialysis Device
Willem Johan Kolff would be proud. He's the grandfather and creator of the first hemodialysis treatments for people with kidney disease. His experimental device for kidney disease first saved a patient's life in 1945. And it was the beginning of a lifelong pursuit for Kolff to improve patient care, develop better treatment options, and leverage the use of modern technology to save lives.
He passed away at the age of 97, but his legacy lives on. Kolff's early efforts inspired many medical researchers and scientists to continue to look for ways to improve patient care and quality of life for people with kidney failure. The med-tech company Debiotech has done what once seemed impossible.
This year or next, Debiotech expects to win approval from the FDA to begin selling the Dialease. And it could be a game changer for those living with kidney failure. Typical dialysis treatments require multiple visits per week to a clinic, or in-home, stationary dialysis treatments, which both have an impact on quality of life for patients and caregivers.
Debiotech's device called DialEase may change that. Once it goes through the FDA approval process, the final version should weigh around 10 pounds and be the size of a laptop, making it easy for travel. On their site, they say, "In the typical scenario, the patient will be guided by video and audio guidance all along for every step from the setting-up of the machine to the start of the therapy."
"Knowing how difficult dialysis at home can be, our team of scientists and engineers has worked intensively to make DialEase the most reliable and least intrusive home peritoneal dialysis system for patients," says Debiotech Cief Operating Officer Laurent-Dominique Piveteau. "We look forward to adapting it for home hemodialysis with the same passion, enthusiasm, and relentless focus on the patients we serve."
If FDA approval is successful, Debiotech will take steps to make DialEase available to healthcare professionals and patients to treat kidney failure. Until that happens, clinical or in-home dialysis treatments are the best options available to treat kidney disease.
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