For almost 50 years, hemodialysis has extended lives of people with chronic kidney disease. But when a patient first learns that their kidneys have failed and dialysis is necessary to survive, it can be a jolting overture of mortality.
In the United States, one of every five hospitalized people develops acute kidney injury (AKI). Numerous causes, alone and in concert, can trigger the condition; they include infection, low blood pressure, and reaction to medication.
Seattle-based nonprofit dialysis provider Northwest Kidney Centers intends to make a $15 million grant over the next five years to support startup projects within the University of Washington’s Center for Dialysis Innovation.
The results of an exploratory clinical trial indicate that a wearable artifical kidney could be developed as a viable, new dialysis technology. Some redesigns would be required to overcome device-related, techn