Recent government funding has facilitated the treatment of more patients who need dialysis for end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Advanced dialysis systems are required to adequately treat patients diagnosed with ESRD. These machines aid with hemodialysis and continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). New technology works to reduce the risk of peritonitis. Physicians should consider the latest renal filtration technology to offer their patients the best treatment available.
Types of Dialysis Systems
New renal filtration technology is evolving to reduce long visits to clinics. Normal life is currently not possible with current technology. As more studies are conducted, improvements are made. Experts hope for a day when technology eliminates the need for these types of systems.
Now physicians automatically retrieve dialysis clinical information during the patient's treatment process. Dialysis clinical information helps physicians to make immediate decisions. Current new technology includes:
This method is popular because it is considered more robust. The system is not effective in removing minerals, salts or dissolving organic compound, but chlorine, sediments and volatile organic compounds may be effectively removed by carbon filtration.
Medical practitioners improve efficiency and reduce costs with reverse osmosis. The latest technology removes solids, minerals and organics. High purity water production is fast and efficient with this new technology.
Ultrafiltration membrane filters more than microfiltration, but less than reverse osmosis and nanofilters. Solids, viruses, bacteria and endotoxins are removed with this process.
Deionized Water Systems
This is also one of the most efficient new technologies available. With this method, all charged ions are removed from the water.
Ultraviolet (UV) TOC Reduction
UV lights remove microbes and renders sterilized water. Many physicians prefer this method of water purification.
Ultraviolet Disinfection Systems
Ultraviolet lights disinfect systems by altering the genetic material of microorganisms. This is one of the most effective means for sterilizing a system.
Important Things to Remember with Dialysis Systems
Medical grade traceability is important with new filtration technology. Quality dialysate should only be made from purified water, bicarbonate and acetate. Dialysate is 95 percent purified water. Backflow prevention is required to keep water pure. The backflow prevention must meet all state and local requirements.
Water softening and carbon filtration are also important. Pure water is absolutely necessary. Filtration systems remove calcium, magnesium, heavy metals, chlorine, low molecular weight and chloramines. Chlorine and Renalin are only used to sanitize the machines. These processes should meet all Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) standards.