Dialysis Device Developed By Imperial College London Team Step Closer To Patients

A project to develop technology that could improve outcomes for people with kidney disease received a boost, following a £1 million grant.

More than 2.5 million people worldwide have kidney conditions that require their blood to be routinely filtered by a dialysis machine. Most patients undergo a surgical procedure to prepare their veins for coping with the filtration process. This involves a surgeon creating a connection in the arm, called a fistula, between an artery and a vein, which is then connected to a dialysis machine. Although they are the gold standard in medical care, fistulas are unreliable, often blocking up and requiring repeated costly repair operations. In the US alone, $US 4.6 billion is spent annually to treat failing fistulas.

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