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New wearable device may help dialysis patients

New wearable device may help dialysis patients
14th December 2007

Fixed dialysis machines may be a thing of the past for patients with chronic kidney failure as a new wearable, artificial kidney shows promising results.

The battery-powered device has been undergoing a pilot study and has proved successful when worn for periods of four to eight hours, according to researchers from University College, London.

Developers hope that eventually the device will be able to worn round the clock.

So far testing has been on a very small scale so researchers have stated they need to carry out further tests.

"The device has the potential to become a practical means of delivering extended and more frequent dialysis to patients with end-stage kidney failure," Andrew Davenport of University College and colleagues wrote in the Lancet medical journal.

According to NHS Direct, chronic kidney disease affects between one and four people in every 1,000.

The risk of developing the condition increases with age and the average patient is 77 years old.

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