Centre for Sustainable healthcare's energy-saving refit programme for dialysis machines was part-funded by 10:10ers as part of our Pitch Pledge Party project. Here's their nine-month update.
In 2010, renal technicians Fraser Campbell and Steve Milne found that adding heat exchangers to old Dialog+ dialysis machines could cut their carbon footprint by about 20%. Since then we've been working to promote this technique and help other renal units try it on their own machines.
Manufacturer BBraun has now started shipping all new machines with heat exchangers pre-installed, and has retrofitted the machines in their own dialysis units – a huge success for carbon reduction!
It's all pretty technical but each upgraded unit uses a hefty 20% less energy.
Since my last update in December, we've been working with Braun (the company that makes the machines we're upgrading) to track down and get in touch with everyone who owns, one of the inefficient old models. Braun itself also runs a number of units and we are following these up to ensure they're all fitted with the carbon-saving heat exchangers.