A dialyzer is a component of hemodialysis machines used in the treatment of kidney disease and failure. They are designed to be reusable and can be used for multiple treatment sessions until they no longer function properly.
Reuse of dialyzers is a cost-effective alternative to disposable dialyzers, as long as proper cleaning and sterilization procedures are followed between uses. In addition, some dialysis facilities may also provide dialyzer reuse programs to help manage the cost of treatment for patient care.
The supplies and products needed for dialyzer reuse include cleaning and sterilization solutions, testing equipment to ensure the dialyzer is functioning properly, and storage containers for the dialyzer between uses. It is important to use only approved cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilization products and to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the dialyzer is properly cleaned and sterilized before reuse.
Molded Products provides various products that are used before, during, and after the dialyzer reuse process.
During hemodialysis, a hemodialyzer, or artificial kidney, is used to filter fluids and medical waste from a dialysis patient’s blood. Reuse of a hemodialyzer means that the same hemodialyzer (filter) is used more than once for the same patient. When dialyzers are reused, they are cleaned and disinfected after each treatment.
They must also be tested to make sure they are still working well before they are used again. The practice of reuse has been done safely in the United States for more than 30 years. The reuse machine cleans the dialyzer using water treated with reverse osmosis. This water is highly purified and cleans the dialyzer without leaving traces of particles and chemicals.
The number of reuses a dialyzer header can achieve can be affected by clots or blocks of various kinds. Finding a cost-effective and compliant method of cleaning dialyzer headers without damaging dialyzer fibers will extend the life of your dialyzer.
The ASSIST Header Cleaner® is used to clean residual blood and other debris from the headers, header spaces, and header caps of multiple-use hemodialyzers prior to an approved reprocessing procedure for hemodialyzers.
This product improves the rinsing of dialyzer headers by spraying two lateral jets of RO water to loosen residual blood and other debris from the headers, header spaces, and header caps of multiple-use hemodialyzers.
The Barrier Adapter with Q-Seal is a blood port barrier adapter used to prevent cross-contamination between the reuse equipment and each dialyzer. It also helps ensure patient safety from cross-contamination during reuse from dialyzer reprocessing equipment.
It is designed to fit securely into the blood port of the dialyzer and the quick disconnect of the reprocessing equipment, forming a seal that helps to prevent the escape of blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially infectious materials.
This adapter easily connects and disconnects to the dialyzer and the reprocessing equipment, which means no more fumbling with extra pieces and extensions. No O-ring for contaminants to hide under! With a built-in Q-Seal, there is no removal, no replacement, and no worry!
Kidney Storage caps are used to protect the hemodialyzer after cleaning/reprocessing. Blood and dialysate ports on the dialyzer are capped after reprocessing to prevent leakage during storage of the dialyzer and aid in keeping the dialyzer clean and safe until it is time to be used again.
Our Storage Caps are made of Medical Grade Materials resistant to Renalin, Formaldehyde, Alcohol, Betadine, & Chlorine. They are compatible with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, 4% Formaldehyde, 0.05% Sodium Hypochlorite, 0.8% Diacide (Glutaraldehyde), and 4% Renalin (Peroxyacetic Acid). Additionally, they are:
The Twist lock Iso fitting is used to protect the hemodialyzer after cleaning/reprocessing. The blood ports on the dialyzer are capped after reprocessing to prevent leakage during storage of the dialyzer and aid in keeping the dialyzer clean and safe until it is time to be used again. The twist lock feature of these fittings allows for easy installation and removal, without the need for tools or additional components.
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