Reuse of dialyzers — implications for adequacy of dialysis

  • B. V. R. Murthy
  • B. J. G. Pereira
Part of the Developments in Nephrology book series (DINE, volume 39)


Reprocessing of hemodialyzers was originally introduced in the 1960s to reduce costs in coil and Kiil dialyzers [1, 2]. Reuse of dialyzers is now widely practiced in many countries to partially defray the burgeoning cost of end-stage renal dis- ease therapy [3, 4]. Prior to 1982 (when a change in dialysis reimbursement was introduced), only 20% of units in the U.S.A. were practicing reuse [5]. Since then, the use of reprocessed dialyzers has steadily increased from 18% of dialysis centers and 18% of patients in 1976 to 75% of centers and 81% of patients in 1994 [4]. Reuse is more common in for-profit centers and free-standing units compared to hospital-based centers or not-for-profit centers


Blood Flow Rate Peracetic Acid Unite State Renal Data System Urea Clearance Dialyzer Clearance 
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