Even low levels of chemicals, bacteria and endotoxins can be hazardous to dialysis patients if left undiscovered in municipal water. As patient health and safety are the top priority, the water should be consistently monitored and controlled, and tested prior to use in any dialysis treatments. During these treatments, the dialysate serves to clean harmful waste, salts and fluids from the blood, essentially replicating the functionality of a working kidney. If not properly regulated, the process could pose a harmful, or even lethal, threat to the patient(s).
An article written by Catherine Griwkowsky was posted by the Toronto Sun which details an event in which the water in a dialysis machine at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton was contaminated, resulting in the hospitalization and loss of a patient. The article is available here.
To help protect your patients, Mesa Labs has several options available to give you the confidence you need knowing that your water treatment system is in proper working order. The pHoenix Meter is a convenient, hand-held, syringe-style meter for quick and accurate measurement of conductivity, temperature and pH, directly from a sample port on your dialysis machine. The HYDRA simultaneously measures pH, temperature and conductivity in a variety of different scales (uS or mS, ppm or ppt, or MegOhms). Using either of these meters, or related products available, you can rest assured that Mesa is on your side, helping to keep watch over your patients’ health and safety.
For further information on how Mesa can help, please contact us.
More information on the dialysis process and safety recommendations can be found on the CDC website.