A miniatiarized dialysis machine called the WAK (Wearable Artificial Kidney...new name needed?) begins a clinical trial in Seattle this week. This portable dialysis machine gives kidney failure patients independence from being tethered to a large dialysis machine in a dialysis center three days per week. The FDA has given the safety trial the green light.
This is one of the first technical advances in dialysis care in quite some time, and hopefully portends a new era of nanotechnology innovations to improve the lives of patients with end stage renal disease.