Dialyser reuse: An automated system using peracetic acid

R. Francoeur, S. Vas, R. Uldall

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Abstract

For 3 years starting in April 1989, in a 17-station, in-centre haemodialysis unit at the Toronto Western Hospital, re-use of dialysers was performed using the Renatron-2 Dialyser Reprocessing System with peracetic acid as a sterilant. During this period 40,234 treatments were carried out and dialysers were used an average of 4.2 times. Net savings, after taking into account the total costs of re-use, averaged Can $309,000.000 per year. There were no deaths and no discernible morbidity attributable to the practice of re-use. We conclude that dialyzer re-use is an effective way to reduce the costs of haemodialysis and is entirely safe providing that it is carried out properly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-336
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Artificial Organs
Volume17
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1994

Keywords

  • Automated
  • Dialyzer
  • Peracetic acid
  • Re-use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering

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