Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK)

Imagine how easy it would be to get a dialysis on the move. Now read about wearable artificial kidney (WAK) below.

This WAK provides a most ergonomic alternative for a patient undergoing dialysis for End Stage Renal disease (ESRD). The patient can be mobile while they are having a dialysis session.

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Dr. Victor Gura, a physician specializing in internal medicine and kidney disease and a clinical associate professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA., created the initial prototypes for the WAK in his clinic in Beverly Hills, California. He completed the prototypes in a lab at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. His original team included the late Austrian physicist and equipment safety standards developer Hans Dietrich Polachegg, as well as bioengineer Masoud Beizai, and physician and medical device researcher Carlos Ezon, both of whom live in Los Angeles.65144_1_kidney_gura_220

And now the results of an exploratory clinical trial indicate that a wearable artificial kidney could be developed as a viable, new dialysis technology.  Some redesigns would be required to overcome device-related, technical problems observed during the testing.

The main concern with the dialysis was pure water which as much as half a litre is used every 5 mins. But with this WAK, just half a litre is used up which is purified and reused. Though the device looks bulkier this just give us a new ray of hope for such futuristic alternatives.

Meanwhile check out this video about WAK in which Dr.Jonathan Himmelfarb, a University of Washington, School of Medicine_ Nephrologist, gives context to the first clinical trial of the WAK.


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