Building a hemodiafiltration system from readily available components for continuous renal replacement therapy under disasters and pandemics: preparing for an acute kidney injury surge during COVID-19

Ramy M. Hanna, Antoney Ferrey, Connie M. Rhee, Ramin Sam, David Pearce, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Burl R. Don

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Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The novel corona virus (SARS-CoV2) has been demonstrated to cause acute kidney injury due to direct cellular toxicity as well as due to a variety of autoimmune glomerular diseases. The concept of a surge of infected patients resulting in an overwhelming number of critical patients has been a central concern in healthcare planning during the COVID-19 era. RECENT FINDINGS: One crucial question remains as to how to manage patients with end stage renal disease and acute kidney injury in case of a massive surge of critically ill infected patients. Some publications address practical and ingenious solutions for just such a surge of need for renal replacement therapy. We present a plan for using a blood pump, readily available dialysis filter, and a prefilter and postfilter replacement fluid set up. This is in conjunction with multiple intravenous pumps to develop a simple hemofiltration apparatus. SUMMARY: The current set up may be a readily available option for use in critical situations where the need for renal replacement therapy outstrips the capacity of traditional hemodialysis services in a hospital or region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-96
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Nephrology

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