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Recycling Used Dialysis Products

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As more consumers eschew plastic straws and water bottles, the dialysis manufacturing sector is taking a closer look at the possibilities of reusing resources used in dialysis, including water and plastic. Water is also being analyzed as a commodity that could be used more sparingly throughout dialysis.

John Agar, a nephrologist at University Hospital, Barwon Health, in Geelong, Victoria (Australia), noted that the “total feed water draw per treatment [approaches] about 500 liters (or about 132 gallons) in typical hemodialysis,” and that about 60% of the water is flushed away to drains (1).

Agar suggested that for hospital-based