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Northwick Park Hospital first in the UK to use dialysis machines on Covid-19 patients

Northwick Park Hospital is the first place in UK to employ the use of mobile kidney dialysis machines to treat patients in Intensive Care.


A partnership between London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has seen the deployment of three NX Stage dialysis machines.


Imperial already runs a large renal unit at Northwick Park treating up to 180 patients a day and the current Covid-19 pandemic offered a perfect opportunity for the trusts to forge a closer working relationship.


Tariq Husain, Clinical Lead for Intensive Care, said: “There is always opportunity in crisis and the number of patients requiring Intensive Care and their illness severity was previously unimaginable.”


“There has been great focus on the damage this virus can do to the lungs but it can have a devastating impact on the heart and kidneys as well.”


Up to one third of the patients admitted to critical care during the current pandemic needed dialysis and – with existing therapies running short – a practical alternative was quickly needed.


The NX Stage dialysis machines have traditionally been used by patients in their own homes where they learn to dialysis themselves.


Dr Neill Duncan, a Renal Consultant at Imperial College, added: “The traditional dialysis machines we use are cumbersome in a difficult workspace.


“One of the positives that has come out of this crisis is just how quickly and effectively everyone has come together to come up with a smart alternative solution


“It’s a great lesson to take out of what has been a distressing situation and we have trained a group of clinical staff called the ‘Dialysis Dozen’ to use the NX Stage equipment in only three days.


“They’re an impressive group of people. Particular thanks go to Sister Claire Edwards and Training Nurse Garry Saquing.”


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