National Kidney Foundation Unveils New Series on Dialyzer Reuse

New York, NY (June 25, 1999) - Reuse of dialyzers has been practiced safely in the United States for more than 30 years, yet patients and professionals still have questions. In an effort to address issues and concerns surrounding reuse, the National Kidney Foundation has released a new series, "What You Should Know About Dialyzer Reuse." The series includes a large print brochure for patients and a booklet for dialysis professionals.

In simple language, the patient publication defines the concept of reuse so that patients understand that the practice involves using the same dialyzer more than once only for the same patient. The brochure also explains how reuse eliminates reactions patients have to certain dialyzer membranes and that it allows centers to use expensive, high efficiency dialyzers. Guidelines developed by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) for practicing reuse safely are outlined and answers are provided to questions regarding the number of times dialyzers can be reused, how dialyzers should look before treatment and how patients can be sure they are getting the appropriate treatment from reused dialyzers.

The publication for facilities and professionals details the types of reuse programs, the benefits and risks of reuse and provides a summary of the AAMI water treatment guidelines for reuse. The booklet also offers a complete guide to dialyzer reuse or reprocessing, including first use, transportation and handling of used dialyzers, dialyzer testing, storage and actual step-by- step instructions for reprocessing a used dialyzer.

The dialyzer reuse publication series was made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Minntech Renal Systems. The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.To order the series, call the foundation at (800) 622-9010.