The Wearable Artificial Kidney gets green signal for human testing
A patient is required to visit hospitals or a clinics 3-4 times in a week if he/she is on Kidney dialysis machine. Presently, the kidney dialysis machines are very bulky, hence, not portable. However, the Wearable Artificial Kidney is going change the way patients received dialysis. The federal Food and Drug Administration and the University of Washington Institutional Review Board have given green light to testing of this wearable dialysis device. The testing is likely to start this autumn in Seattle.
The WAK appears like a utility belt that and weighs about 10 pounds. A patient would be able to receive dialysis without halting his/her mobility. The project was in progress for the past decade, but it’s only now that the device is ready to be tested on human subjects. Earlier it was tested successfully on animals. Other than that, the device has been briefly tested on a couple of patient in Britain and Italy. The device receives required energy from the included batteries, which frees it from plug-in system.
“The Wearable Artificial Kidney concept is supported by laboratory data, animal model data, and some limited human study experience,” said Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb, director of the Kidney Research Institute and UW professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology.
Once the trials are complete, which will take place in an inpatient hospital setting at UW Medical Center in Seattle, it’ll be a big leap towards the future of bulky medical machines and devices if successful.