Wearable Artificial Kidney, Go for US Trials

Like a conventional dialysis machine, the WAK filters out waste products from the patient’s blood after their own kidneys have failed. But while a conventional dialysis machine is the size of a filing cabinet, and even a portable version is as large as a computer printer, the WAK weighs only 10 lb 4.5 kg.


Currently, there are over 93,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list. The wait for a deceased donor could be 5 years, and in some states, it is closer to 10 years.

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