While surfing around on the net yesterday, I came across a dialysis machine that’s *gasp* small AND can be taken on vacation. It’s called the NxStage system one. It’s portable, it doesn’t require any special plumming modifications, all the fluids and bags and such are prepackaged, which makes things quick and easy, and it’s EASY to use. On average it takes 1-3 weeks to learn how to use it…i guess it all depends on how bright you are.
This new machine was approved by health Canada back in 2005, but surprise surprise: it’s not currently being marketed in Canada. It’s only being marketed in the United States. Kind of irritating. Why is Canada always one of the last people to get new and cool technology?
Well as soon as I saw this machine I emailed the company. I also emailed my childhood nephrologist @ Sick Kids Hospital Dr. Harvey. She’s good at finding stuff out. Man, next to an actual transplant, if I could get my hands on this thing…..well….let’s just say I’d be pleased.
Here’s the link to the NxStage One Dialysis machine: http://www.nxstage.com/chronic_renal_care/products/index.cfm