I mentioned briefly Continuous
Renal Replacement Therapy.
And this is a diagram of how that therapy
works. And the sort of ball in
the middle of the diagram is a series
of filters and pumps that moves
the blood through the circulation, from the circulation
of the patient into a machine. And in the machine,
the blood is filtered
and materials that are
in excess, such as nitrogenous wastes,
are removed just like the kidney would do it.
But it's done slowly and continuously
So this is a 24 hour process. It's on
all the time. And the nurses have to monitor this
and make sure that it's working appropriately.
This has caused an improvement in Acute
Renal Failure Outcomes. And often
complete recovery. So patients recover completely
and do not have to go on hemodialysis necessarily
after they're discharged from the ICU.
And this has really improved how patients
feel afterward as well. Because hemodialysis
is not fun, and if you can keep people off of it, it's
a big plus in their lives.