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Doctor’s invention helped patients on home dialysis

June 5, 2017


In the 1980’s Dr. Denis Pagé, a kidney specialist at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa, worked with a health-care company to develop the Quantum Baxter Home Dialysis System for peritoneal dialysis. Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of the abdomen to filter waste and extra fluid from the body of patients who have kidney failure. Patients had to manually drain and replace the dialysis solution in their abdomen every few hours. Dr. Pagé came up with the idea for a machine that automatically drained and refilled the solution as the patient slept. This saved patients from having to wake up during the night for half an hour to change the fluid manually. The company Baxter went on to develop the concept and market the device. While the Quantum is no longer in use, it led to further innovations like the nighttime cycler machine for peritoneal dialysis which is used by many patients today.

This is part of a series of stories on life-changing innovations at The Ottawa Hospital, as part of Canada150.

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