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The Automated Wearable Artificial Kidney (AWAK) is a wearable dialysis machine that is “bloodless” as it uses the patient’s own peritoneal membrane as a filter. Because the spent dialysate is continuously regenerated from AWAK and reused in perpetuity, it is considered “waterless”.
But a new, portable artificial kidney, small and light enough to fit on a belt system, could change that. Despite its small size, the automated, wearable artificial kidney (AWAK), designed by Martin Roberts and David B. N. Lee of UCLA, actually works better than traditional dialysis because it can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week, just like a real kidney.
In the search for alternative dialysis treatments, research has examined the use of Automated Wearable Artificial Kidneys (AWAK) . Potential advantages proposed for this type of device include steady-state metabolic and fluid control, continuous regeneration of spent dialysate and the round-the-clock functionality of the device (mimicking the natural kidney). Such outcomes would allow patients to stay at home for their treatment and minimise interruption to their everyday activities.