US Kidney Research Corporation's novel technology is completely waterless, thus providing many advantages over current dialysis methods. The same technology can be applied to a standalone machine, a wearable, or an implantable kidney. Technological features will include:
Wearable Artificial Kidney
The first device that US Kidney Research Corporation is developing is the waterless wearable artificial kidney. It will encompass all the benefits mentioned above. Moreover, the patient's personal well-being has not been neglected.
Compact & Easy Maintenance
Its intended unobtrusive compact size will make it less noticeable while being worn in public giving the patient peace of mind. It will provide patients with a light weight device and easy maintenance.
Comfort & Mobility
Keeping a patients comfort in mind is important and a major design consideration. The device design will facilitate unrestricted movement and afford the opportunity for the patient to sleep with diminutive disruption. The sum of these combined elements adds up to a patient that will enjoy more freedom while performing daily activities.
Standalone Renal Replacement Device - For Clinics and Home Treatments
The same technology used to develop the wearable artificial Kidney will potentially lead to the development of a standalone device, similar in appearance to a dialysis machine. As with all planned future devices, it won't utilize a dialyzer or require dialysate concentrate solution or water. Patients will be intermittently treated with this device as they are currently with hemodialysis machines.
Extremely User Friendly
Training time and setup for patients and technicians, whether at home or in the clinic, will be greatly reduced as the process will be much simpler than using water dependent dialysis machines.
A waterless standalone machine will completely eliminate the massive water infrastructure currently needed to perform standard dialysis treatments. This will save providers extensive ongoing year-to-year associated expenses, reduce their liability, and provide the added benefits listed above.
Implantable Artificial Kidney
Our commitment to research is leading to the development of a truly implantable artificial kidney. The real potential for miniaturization greatly adds to its impending creation. As with the wearable and standalone devices, the identical methodology will be used in its design.
Prototype 01: We have built a prototype that we will use for initial in-vivo testing. Testing will lead to advancements in functionality, quality, and safety. Subsequently, we plan to miniaturize the device for use in a wearable and implantable artificial kidney. Due to its relatively small size, redesigning it for home use isn’t an issue. Constructing a larger model for use in clinics is an uncomplicated engineering process as well. Testing is scheduled to begin in mid to late summer 2019.
For more in-depth technical information read: OUR TECHNOLOGY vs DIALYSIS
Real time data available for patient and physician to monitor performance
Real time control of electrolyte, urea and fluid removal
Will not require R/O water, dialysate solution or a dialyzer
Real potential for miniaturization, leading to an implantable artificial kidney
Water contamination risk eliminated
Contaminated water disposal into drainage systems will be greatly reduced
Potentially less complications, morbidity, mortality and hospitalizations
Patient infection risk reduced
Easy patient and provider management
Improved quality of life
Patients more involved with their healthcare
Extremely user friendly
USKRC Waterless Prototype W/Touchscreen Dimensions L16”x W10”x H20”