The full report suite on the U.S. market for dialysis includes hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis machines, dialysis catheters, dialyzers, dialyzer reprocessing machines, hemodialysis bloodline and tubing sets, AV fistula needles, AV access grafts, declotting devices, introducer sheaths and guidewires and water treatment systems. The dialysis patient population has been increasing since 2013 and is projected to continue increasing over the forecast period. Notable trends include shifts between hemodialysis patients and peritoneal dialysis patients as well as the rate of transition from in-center treatment options to personal, home treatment.
A hemodialysis machine performs the critical tasks and drives hemodialysis treatments. A hemodialysis machine pumps blood from the body of the patient through a system of bloodlines and into the dialyzer. Dialysis fluids absorb toxins and excess water filtered out of the blood and then removes them from the body. The dialysis fluids are entered into the dialyzer through a separate cycle. Hemodialysis machines mix and monitor the dialysate used in each treatment. Dialysate is the dialysis fluid that serves to remove dangerous and unwanted waste products from the patients blood. A dialysis machine also adds an anti-coagulant drug into the blood.