The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has started to prepare patients for dialysis with catheters that use sound waves.
It makes the DHA the first health institution in the Middle East and Eastern Europe to utilise the technique for patients with kidney failure.
Last week, Rashid Hospital deployed the technology, without the need for surgical intervention, on a 20-year-old who urgently needed to start dialysis.
The procedure, which took 34 minutes under local anaesthetic, was a success and the patient left hospital within an hour.
Dr. Deena Al Qudra, Head of the Vascular Surgery Department at Rashid Hospital and head of the medical team, said the patient had been suffering from kidney failure for many years.
She pointed out the technology will save patients money and hospital stays as compared to the traditional surgery and also contribute to saving the doctor’s time and effort and the ability to help serve other patients.
Dr. Al Qudra said that the use of this technology depends on a number of factors as well as and ultrasound examination of the veins and arteries in the arm, adding that 30 percent of kidney patients who need dialysis will benefit from the technique.