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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

History Of Dialysis

1943 - first hemodialysis treatment in a patient, using a cellulosic membrane, using a rotating drum artificial kidney. Developed by Dr. Willem Kolff (Dutch) - known today as "the Father of Dialysis''.

• KolflTs rotating drum device featured a large wooden
wheel dialyzer made of slats wrapped with 30-40 meters of
sausage casing (the cellophane membi we) u To gain access to the blood, a fresh artery and vein had to
be used for each treatment and tied off after.
• Because a patient had limited blood vessels, dialysis could only be used to treat patients whose kidneys were expected to recover.

1950-53: The science & technology of dialysis made great strides during the Korean War. Dialysis was used to treat soldiers with acute renal failure, improving their chances of survival.

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willem_Johan_Kolff

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