|Novel Optical Sensor Technologies for the Individualization of Dialysis Treatment
by continuous monitoring of electrolytes
|The balance of minerals like calcium, sodium and potassium is severely disrupted in dialysis patients. The values in individual patients of these substances vary greatly. However, during hemodialysis a standard dialysis fluid is used. This can lead to a too strong or too poor clearance of these substances, with some severe complications, like extreme low or high blood pressures, arrhythmias and osteoporosis, as a result.
With funding from the Dutch Kidney Foundation, the Eindhoven University of Technology started, in cooperation with the Maastricht University Medical Centre and TNO research, a research project on the development of optical microfluidic sensors that can continuously monitor the levels of calcium, sodium and potassium during hemodialysis treatment. Therefore it will become possible to make individual adjustments during the treatment, thereby decreasing the risk of complications.
The project ‘Individualization of dialysis treatment by continuous monitoring of electrolytes by novel optical sensor technologies” was honored in the call “Renal Replacement Technology” of the Dutch Kidney Foundation.
|Arjan Frijns, Eindhoven University of Technology|