Why is water a risk to hemodialysis patients you might ask. Water is key to life as we know it but it can introduce dangers in the dialysis process. If dialysate used in the dialysis process was used with simple tap water, this would introduce several substances common in tap water that can be toxic if present in dialysate.
The blood is separated from dialysate by only a thin semi-permeable membrane in dialysis. There is no liver circulation and no kidney function for most patients undergoing dialysis so any contaminants introduced during the process can present an elevated risk. Yes this water is safe to drink because certain contaminates are harmless to us in drinking water, but can be highly toxic when present in dialysate. These contaminates are: aluminum, chloride, and Fluoride. The water can be pre-treated to remove contaminates so the water purity is safe for the patient.
Mesa Labs has been a part of the dialysis community for over 25 years. We continue to manufacture two styles of Dialysate Meters: those designed for use by dialysis machine manufacturers and biomedical technicians and those used primarily by dialysis nurses or patient care technicians. Mesa also manufactures NIST-traceable standard solutions. Mesa is devoted to providing quality instruments for the dialysis industry and will continue to do so for years to come.
For more information on Mesa Labs DialyGuard meters please click here. http://www.mesalabs.com/medical-meters/
Bicarbonate is an integral part of the dialysis procedure, therefore more and more dialysis centers are expanding their testing to include a 50 mS check before measuring their bicarbonate. Performing a verification at the 50 mS measurement point provides increased precision and confidence for this vital part of the dialysis process. More than an industry trend, this practice is gaining traction and is increasing the demand for a product to accommodate this evolution in testing policies.
Mesa’s 50 mS Conductivity Standard Solution allows the user to verify accurate readings during final bicarbonate testing using a NIST traceable standard as a qualified data point of 50 mS during meter verification and calibration. It is intended to be used by following your facility’s Standard Operating Procedures or practices when performing standard verification/calibration of your dialysate meter. This solution will provide another qualified measurement point within the conductivity scale as a periodic verification of calibration at 50 mS offering additional assurance in the range of bicarbonate measurements.
For a limited time, receive a free bottle of Mesa’s 50 mS solution with your next order.
Part/Order Number: Pint 02.0071
Simply add this item to your solutions purchase order or order online today at http://www.mesalabs.com/shopping/shop-online or contact our Customer Service department at 303-987-8000 for additional details.
The 90XL is a state-of-the-art, portable, multifunction meter designed to measure the conductivity, pH, temperature and pressure of the dialysate fluids from hemodialysis delivery systems and of the water used in hemodialysis clinics. Below are some convenient tips to consider regarding the use of the 90XL:
1. If the display does not automatically turn on after charging, simply reset the display by pressing all 4 buttons as once. This will reset and restore the display and the 90XL will be ready for normal use. Remember, your display needs to be charged nightly if possible. This will keep the rechargeable battery in good health and reduce down time during use.
2. If you are sending in your 90XL system for repair or service work, you do not need to send in your display unit (unless the display itself needs to be repaired). Save down time shipping costs by only sending in the modules for calibration.
3. Utilize the online help feature built into the meter when questions arise regarding meter calibration or operation. This feature is available through a single keystroke.
Using these tips will ensure convenient and consistent operation of your 90XL technician meter. To learn more about the 90XL, see the 90XL product page.
Mesa Labs will be closed December 25th- 27th. Please place your solutions orders by the end of this week to assure shipment of your order prior to January 1, 2014. Thank you so much and have a wonderful holiday!
· Order online and view current shipping costs and up-to-date pricing
· Emailed confirmation of your order
· Emailed tracking information once your order ships
· Immediate assurance that your order is correct by reviewing each item you are ordering
Ordering online is easy! Just go to: http://www.mesalabs.com/shopping/shop-online
Please use the following information below for your order!
Tel: 303-987-8000 ext. 10002
In this video, Margaret Shaw (DialyGuard Medical Sales Manager), goes through the Level 1 and Level 2 calibration process on a DialyGuard pHoenix meter in great detail highlighting the nuances of this process. Mesa Labs recommends monthly Level 1 and 2 calibration of the pHoenix meter to ensure that the meter is functioning properly.
When setting up for the calibration, it is very important to make sure that you have all the solutions you will need along with a Tri-Station or a Super Station. Doing this ahead of time will make the calibration process much easier.
Mesa’s dialysate meters are state of the art, critical instruments that are vital to ensuring the safety of dialysis patients. Verifying the accuracy of these instruments is just as critical as verifying the final dialysate and Mesa has gone to extreme lengths to make sure that the solutions that are offered to do this verification are of the highest quality possible.
Mesa’s dialysate solutions are specifically designed to be used with our series of high-quality dialysate meters. These solutions are NIST-traceable and are manufactured in Mesa’s ISO 13485-compliant manufacturing facility in Lakewood, Colorado. These sodium chloride standard solutions are 510k notified and are design to provide the most accurate results possible from your pHoenix, Hydra or Neo-Stat meters (NOTE: use of potassium chloride solutions may provide inaccurate results and calibration).
In addition, you can save up to 45% on Mesa’s solutions by ordering them online! http://www.mesalabs.com/shopping/shop-online Click here and select DialyGuard to take advantage of our online ordering discounts.
For more details on Dialysis meters click here. http://www.mesalabs.com/medical-meters/
As those in the dialysis industry are well aware, it is extremely important to keep your meter as clean as possible when testing the dialysis machines for calibration. Mesa Labs NEO-CARE is a user-friendly solution that is designed specifically for this purpose. Here are 6 reasons why NEO-CARE can benefit dialysis care technicians and patients alike:
- NEO-CARE is very gentle, but highly effective.
- It removes hard deposits and bacterial filming from cell sensors for greater accuracy and extended instrument life.
- You can purchase NEO-CARE with any other Mesa Labs order consolidating your ordering process.
- You can purchase this solution online at www.mesalabs.com/shopping/shop-online which lets anyone confirm an accurate order and leaves the paper out!
- NEO-CARE can be purchased in bulk; purchase 6 or more 16 oz. bottles and each bottle only costs $6 a bottle vs. $9.50 list price! This can be up to 45% savings!
- Lastly, the shelf life opened or unopened has no expiration date so NEO-CARE can be purchased in bulk with no worries!
For more information on NEO-CARE solution visit http://www.mesalabs.com/medical-standard-and-cleaning-solutions/
Here’s a quick video on how to care for our DialyGuard dialysate meters.
Proper care and calibration of your instruments play a critical role in maintaining your instrument investment and in maintaining quality patient care. Designed for use by both patient care and technical personnel, the Mesa Labs’ care and calibration stations provide a fast, convenient method to perform the necessary rinsing, disinfection, verification and calibration of your instruments.
The “TRI” in Tri-Station represents the three functions of the stations which are to disinfect, rinse, and verify. The Tri-Stations facilitate the use and care of the pHoenix, HYDRA and NEO-STAT+ meters. The Tri-Station 3 is a 3 bottle unit designed for use with conductivity meters, and the Tri- Station 4 is a four bottle unit designed for use with conductivity/pH meters. Proper preventative maintenance can dramatically extend meter life and reduce the possibility of inaccurate readings.
Mesa also offers a Super Station. The Super Station is a unique, preventative maintenance system designed to rinse, disinfect and verify calibration of any conductivity or pH meter having a flow-type cell. The Super Station can easily be customized to meet your needs. There are three Super Station models: The pHoenix Super Station, Hydra Super Station and Super Station Base. Proper preventative maintenance can dramatically extend meter life and lengthen calibration intervals.
For more information on the Tri-Stations and Super Stations that Mesa Labs offers please visit:
Richard Parsons, a volunteer for WORTH and a full-time Davita employee, traveled to Belize this last February to train local people in the country to administer dialysis to patients and run the equipment needed. By doing this the units are able to develop and eventually become self-sustaining. They will never turn a patient away because they are unable to pay for the treatment.
Richard carried with him 2 90DX meters and some NIST-traceable solutions for calibration use, items proudly donated by Mesa Labs. Mesa couldn’t be more pleased to be able to partner with such a worthwhile cause and people like Richard who are constantly working to help improve the lives of those in need of dialysis.
The non-profit World Organization of Renal Therapies (WORTH) was founded by Dr. Wayne Trebbin and opened their first dialysis unit in 2006 in Yaounde, the capital city of the sub-Saharan African country of Cameroon. Since 2006, WORTH has opened 2 more dialysis units in the Latin American country of Belize and a second unit in Cameroon. Their mission is to deliver state of the art dialysis to their patients in developing third world countries and to do so without causing financial stress.
Follow their blog at: http://worthdialysis.blogspot.com/
To donate to WORTH or to find out more information click here!