Boundary Trails Dialysis Water System Replacement

Recently a new water system was installed in the Boundary Trails Health Centre dialysis unit which has seven dialysis stations serving 28 patients. To complete the installation the new system had to be installed in an adjacent office and tested while ensuring that the previously existing water system was not affected and dialysis treatments could continue as regularly scheduled. The new system is now installed and on-line as of January 31, 2018.

The final stage of the project is removing the old water system, which is currently underway. The new system is a dual stage reverse osmosis (RO) system that provides built-in redundancy. If either ‘stage’ of the RO system have technical issues, the system can be placed into emergency mode very easily ensuring no disruption in dialysis treatments running on either stage separately.

Manitoba Renal Program’s Winnipeg-based dialysis technologists now have remote monitoring access to the system for trouble shooting and analysis of operating data in real-time. There are many benefits of the new system including lower utility operational costs of about $7,500 per year, full automation with the Fresenius 5008 dialysis machine operation (staff do not have to come in early to initiate bleach cycles on machines), less use of chemicals due to heat disinfection technology which also reduces some tech/maintenance costs. There are now 11 of this type of system in the Local Renal Health Centres program with the Ashern dialysis unit water system being next in line for replacement during 2018/2019.


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