Dialysis without a machine: Romanian invention awarded gold in Geneva revolutionizes medical world
An invention by Romanian doctors with St. John Hospital in the capital, awarded with gold at the Geneva Invention Salon in 2010, could revolutionize the medical world. The invention, by which a patient’s own body the peritoneum, is used for dialysis could jolt a world business of over 65 billion Euro by decreasing treatment costs tenfold. Unfortunately, the invention still looks for sponsors.
A year ago, professor Alexandru Ciocalteu, with the St. John Hospital in Bucharest, together with two young collaborators, doctors Cristina David and Alexandru Ionel Checherita, invented a new revolutionary dialysis method, peritoneal filtration, according to Mediafax.
“With this new method, the peritoneum is used as a dialysis membrane and the machine is no longer necessary. The body does the dialysis,” Ciocalteu said.”
All studies announce an event in the medical world because it was proven that peritoneal filtration is a viable method that allows not only a drop in costs for this treatment, but also an obvious improvement in the quality of life for dialysis patients,” he explained.He added that he did not expect the new method, which significantly reduces dialysis costs, would have to wait for a year to be sponsored.
“Perhaps the invention bothers a world business of over 65 billion Euro precisely because of a tenfold drop in prices. An invention awarded gold in Geneva, but in which large companies manufacturing artificial kidneys and dialysis equipment showed no interest. This is the fate of many exceptional inventions of Romanian scientists,” Ciocalteau added.
In Romania, there are about 10,000 patients on dialysis and the cost of therapy, covered by the National Health Insurance Office, exceeds one hundred million Euro per year.