Bringing Kidney Failure Patients Home

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To mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection, a recent white paper released by the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) Board of Directors urges KHI stakeholders to accelerate the development of home-based technologies for people with kidney failure (1).

“The COVID-19 pandemic is unmasking the shortcomings of in-center hemodialysis for people with kidney failure,” the paper states, noting that people who rely on in-center dialysis do not have “the luxury of social distancing during a pandemic,” exposing them and those working in dialysis centers to potential infection.

“The global medical device development community needs to collaborate and overcome barriers to