Dialysis Without Borders
Renal replacement therapy for austere environments
To expand access to renal replacement therapy and provide dialysis services in areas where we could not once before.
Founded in 2022, Dialysis Without Borders is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to dialysis in areas with limited resources.
Across the globe, millions of people do not have access to immediate and life saving medical treatment like dialysis. The Manual Single Lumen Alternating Micro-Batch (mSLAMB) aims to rectify this issue and is designed for austere medical environments, far from any proper treatment center.
The mSLAMB is a manual dialysis device that conducts effective dialysis without the use of batteries or electricity. It only requires a person, syringes, and gravity. The mSLAMB also does not need specialized fluids or a specific filter in order to treat patients.
This device acts as a bridge between patients in remote areas who are at risk for kidney failure and receiving proper care at a hospital.
A series of teaching videos demonstrate how to initiate manual dialysis using the Manual Single Lumen Alternating Micro-Batch (mSLAMB) in a step-by-step format. These videos include set-up of the kit, conducting renal replacement therapy with limited resources, and different ways to manipulate the mSLAMB to perform different tasks. There will also be an instruction manual available. This manual is picture-based and shows how to use the mSLAMB. It can be printed and brought to the site of treatment to help guide using the mSLAMB and conducting dialysis.
Research papers and abstracts are accessible to view and learn how manual dialysis was conducted with the mSLAMB, the various testing mechanisms used, and the results of in vitro experiments.
Currently being developed is a didactic exam that tests an individual's ability to perform manual dialysis using the mSLAMB. The exam will contain questions regarding the set-up and how to perform dialysis with the kit. After passing the exam, a certificate will be provided demonstrating ability and proficiency in conducting dialysis with the mSLAMB. Individuals do not need an advanced degree or a higher level of education to learn or become certified.
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