The most common and efficient treatment for kidney disease is hemodialysis. This can be done at a dialysis centre or at home. In recent years mobile dialysis units or Mobile Dialysis Clinics have been introduced to make dialysis treatment even more accessible to patients.

What is a Mobile Dialysis Unit? 

A Mobile Dialysis unit can be used at hospitals, clinics, and other centres where there is a greater need for dialysis. These mobile units are manufactured in trucks, trailers, vans and even shipping containers. Odulair, a United States based company, is one of the companies that provide mobile units for different treatments, including kidney dialysis. Their units are built in trucks, trains, airplanes or ships with power, lighting, heating, ventilation (HEPA filtration), air conditioning and heating, plumbing, RO system, water filtration and purification systems. Mobile Dialysis facilities by Odulair also feature 4G communication and on-board wireless connection.[1]

Why Mobile Dialysis Units?

These units can be a more cost-effective solution to provide dialysis facilities to a wider range of people and areas. These units can be taken to care homes, prisons as well as emergency centres during natural disasters. Natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, fire, or flood can wipe out entire communities’ infrastructure. This in turn compromises the delivery of critical healthcare treatments such as kidney dialysis. Odulair maximises disaster preparedness with fast access and delivery of fully functioning Dialysis facilities. You get the traditional dialysis facility but on wheels. [2]

The mobile units could also be beneficial to patients who must travel far to reach their nearest dialysis clinic.

Having these mobile dialysis units could also be of great benefit to hospitals and clinics where renovations are taking place, for rural healthcare where facilities are not equipped well enough or even to help with capacity correction.

Are there disadvantages to Mobile Dialysis Units?

 Even though mobility is marketed, some of these mobile units are large and take time to get to the required areas. Setting up the units at the site can also take time before they are ready to start dialysis treatment. It is also important that the mobile units are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to increase the safety of the patients from disease causing pathogens. [3] Even though there are disadvantages the advantages are far outweighing, which make these Mobile Dialysis Units something to consider.

Companies that provide Mobile Dialysis Units

Odulair, LLC is a woman owned Wyoming company founded by a medical professional in 2008 to assist governments, NGOs, and private medical providers with advanced technology mobile clinics for the delivery of healthcare in over 40 medical specialties. Odulair Mobile and Modular Clinics can be built on most platforms including truck chassis, trailers, shipping containers, tents, and modular buildings.

Odulair mobile units have been used for humanitarian healthcare delivery, community outreach, rural healthcare, hospital and surgery centre renovations, capacity correction and emergency response. [4]

Other companies with Mobile Dialysis Units also include Mobile Healthcare Facilities LLC in the United States. They can integrate dialysis equipment into various size mobile units. Mobile Healthcare Facilities are also able to install almost any brand of dialysis equipment. [5]

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