Dialysis products and services provider Fresenius Medical Care has launched its WetAlert wireless wetness detector to prevent blood loss during home dialysis.

By sensing moisture at the venous needle displacement (VNS) site, the WetAlert transmitter automatically stops the blood pump, closes the venous clamp, displays a visual alarm and sounds an audible alarm.

If the venous needle becomes dislodged or disconnected from the patient’s vascular access, it could cause the patient to hemmorhage, according to the company.

The device, which transmits radio signals directly to the 2008K home machine, can be reused for up to six months.

Fresenius Medical Care chief medical officer Dr Jose Diaz-Buxo said; "The WetAlert wireless wetness detector is a brand new option that may help reduce the fear of blood leaks during home dialysis because the blood pump stops on the 2008K@home machine, thereby decreasing the amount of potential blood loss if VND occurs."

The company said the launch of WetAlert transmitter follows an approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

With 2,100 dialysis facilities in North America, Fresenius Medical Care provides renal services, dialysis equipment, dialysers and related disposable products, as well as supplying renal pharmaceuticals.