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!
NANT supports nephrology education and has a strong mission to promote a high quality of care for Chronic Kidney Disease patients. NANT also tries to provide as many educational opportunities as they possibly can to members while they continue to encourage the professional development of nephrology professionals. They also maintain the highest standards of safety and quality in CKD therapies and constantly encourage the individual member to participate in the growth and development of the organization.
The National Association of Nephrology Technicians National Annual Symposium in March of 2013 will be held at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Mesa Labs will be exhibiting and we will be located at booth number 107 in the conference hall.
Mesa’s DialyGuard line of Dialysate Meters are high precision instruments designed by our highly qualified engineers with patient safety and the utmost accuracy in mind. Through the design process, certain benchmarks are identified with which the rest of the design must adhere to in order for the final product to operate as it is intended to.
Mesarecommends the Energizer 522 battery for use with its meters because of this battery’s specific size and the fact that it is smaller than most commercially available 9V batteries. There are other batteries that may fit and work with the meter, but common brands (such as Duracell) are not suitable for use with DialyGuard Meters due to their larger body size. (more…)
Nephrology nursing is one of the most sophisticated and demanding nursing specialties. Nurses continually need to educate themselves on new technological advances and patient care. ANNA is one of the best places for people to stay informed of the latest and most up-to-date industry and medical information. (more…)
Here’s a brief video showing basic setup and operation of our DialyGuard 90XL dialysate meter. The 90XL measures ph, pressure, and conductivity to calibrate kidney dialysis machines. To learn more about the full line of DialyGuard dialysate meters, click here.
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Meters used to verify the critical parameters of water systems and dialysate used in the dialysis industry require the use of NIST traceable standard solutions for calibration. These solutions are critical to validate that the results given by a dialysate meter are accurate and verifiable. The solutions themselves have a shelf life when they are purchased but that shelf life is altered the minute that they are opened.
The chart below shows the life of Dialysate Meter Solutions and how their expiration varies. Different Solutions have different expiration dates based on when they are opened and manufactured. We want our customers to have our products in there hands and working to their full ability. It is very important to note that if you order solutions regularly from us order ahead of time as the impending cold weather can have a detrimental effect on these solutions in shipment!
Date of Manufacture Opening Date
Conductivity Solutions 1 year 30 days
pH Buffer Solutions 2 years 90 days
NEO-CARE No expiration No expiration
For more information click here to visit our standard solutions page
Mesa Labs maintains a sophisticated calibration lab for all of its instrument products. Here are just a few reasons why sending your DialyGuard Dialysate Meters back to Mesa is the best option for your equipment.
First off, the in-house calibration is far more extensive than the user calibration options available to our customers. Mesa’s instruments/meters, in general, have two sets of calibration coefficients. A set that is exposed to the customer/user and is used to make minor adjustments to the accuracy of the device and a set that is exposed, in general, only to Mesa’s in-house calibration software.
Second, Mesa’s Calibration lab has the N.I.S.T. traceable standards at the facility to calibrate the meters to. A typical user doesn’t have access to N.I.S.T. traceable standards.
Mesa Labs is happy to announce that our kidney dialysis meters, accessories and NIST-traceable solutions will now be titled ‘‘DialyGuard”. We feel DialyGuard is descriptive of the products and services that Mesa offers and also of our commitment to patient safety and customer satisfaction. There will be no alteration in our individual product names or manufacturing processes. This is simply a new title and a new commitment for our line of products offered to the kidney dialysis industry. To see the complete line of DialyGuard Products, click here.
The Hydra, a convenient, hand-held, syringe-style meter for quick and accurate measurement of conductivity, pH and temperature of the water from your treatment system was designed primarily as a conductivity meter with the additional function of being able to display the conductivity reading as TDS (ppm or ppt). A customer recently asked how to calibrate TDS for their Hydra Meter.While similar in some ways, there is not a directly proportional relationship between Conductivity and TDS. Conductivity is a measurement that represents how much resistance the solution offers while TDS is a measurement of the dissolved solids that are present in the solution. (more…)