NN&I Is a backpack a better design for a wearable artificial kidney than a belt?

Is a backpack a better design for a wearable artificial kidney than a belt?


Black & Blue Backpack

An abstract presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s 2016 Kidney Week suggests that a backpack-like wearable artificial kidney (WAK) device, with rear and vertical arrangement, would offer more space for the components and cause less discomfort for the patient than a belt-like or jacket-like design. “With a backpack design, hemodialysis patients would use their own personal device only, in which all the disposable components could be replaced as a unique cartridge, designed to be extremely easy to fit and dispose,” the researchers from the Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation, International Renal Research Institute of Vicenza in Italy wrote in their abstract. “Furthermore, the backpack shape can be re-arranged into a “sleep station” to perform night treatments as well.”

What do you think of idea? Should developers working on a WAK consider testing a backpack prototype?

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It has been Nichole Jefferson‘s personal mission to tell her story and promote awareness. She was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in October 2003. At that time, not only was she unaware of what that meant; she also did not know she was a high-risk factor for developing the disease.
After the initial shock of the diagnosis, she decided peritoneal dialysis (PD) was the best option and utilized PD for a few years until she needed to switch to hemodialysis.
She received a kidney transplant from a deceased donor on June 12, 2008, but at the time, she didn’t realize it was simply another form of treatment and not a cure. Today, Nichole is waiting for a new transplant.
Nichole has worked with many advocacy groups on Capitol Hill and has provided her personal experience with ESRD to leaders in the field of nephrology. She tries to express the feelings of those who are unable or unwilling to speak for themselves.