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Diality Inc. Closes $12.5 Million in Financing for Portable Dialysis Machine

The company is developing a versatile hemodialysis system designed to address the unmetGettyImages-1156991077-1 technology needs of the dialysis space. Driven in part by the COVID-19 pandemic,  

the company aims to accommodate cost-effective hemodialysis delivery outside of standard dialysis clinics.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Hypertension is a Silent Killer of CKD Patients

The majority of CKD patients have hypertension (85%-90%). Nephrologists note that CKD patients who are at risk for high blood pressure or have high blood pressure need proper education about the condition. Kidney care professionals also need to do a better job of early identification of hypertension patients.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Nephrology Trainees Doubt Skill in Home Hemodialysis

A study in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases found U.S. nephrology trainees have moderate to low confidence in their ability to administer peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis. 

“Robust efforts redesigning the curriculum, incorporating new learning technologies, and ensuring home dialysis clinical competencies prior to graduation are initial steps forward toward improving the effectiveness of home dialysis education during nephrology training,” the authors write. 

Source: Renal & Urology News

KidneyX Launches $300,000 Challenge Focused on COVID-19

The challenge seeks to develop solutions to reduce the transmission of the virus among kidney disease patients, or reduce the risk of kidney damage if the virus is contracted. It’s focused on replicable solutions that can be shared across healthcare communities. 

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

Hemodialysis Patients with Severe Sarcopenia are at Increased Risk for Dependency

Experts recommend using gait speed as a screening tool for hemodialysis patients to determine dependency in activities of daily living. Researchers followed HD patients with sarcopenia and severe sarcopenia and found that only those with severe sarcopenia were associated with significantly increased risk of needing assistance with basic activities of daily living.

Source: Renal & Urology News

Dialysis Frequency can be Safely Reduced During the Pandemic Under Certain Conditions

A renal service in the UK safely reduced dialysis frequency from thee times a week to two times a week in order to reduce transmission of COVID-19. The decision to reduce sessions is only safe if it’s a shared decision between physician and patient, and when there are no barriers in reinstituting the three times a week.

Source: RenalWeb

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