The World's Silent Epidemic
Over 10% of the global population is affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD), and millions lose their life each year because they do not have access to treatment. As dialysis treatments come directly in contact with the human blood stream, dialysate and dialysis water testing for bacterial endotoxins is essential to patient safety. If certain levels of bacterial endotoxin contamination occur, exposure can result in pyrogenic reactions, including fever, sepsis, and resistance to recombinant human erythropoietin, threatening the health of a hemodialysis patient.
Where the Story Begins
When the Pintupi people of the Western Desert of Central Australia decided to take control of their health, the Purple House Organization was born. By establishing both a central dialysis clinic and a mobile dialysis facility, they ensured that local patients suffering from renal failure would not have to travel hours to receive critical treatment, and could reconnect with their families and their country. A community spirit, dedicated staff, and cutting-edge portable technologies keep patients where they need to be – at home with their families.
"In the Northern Territory of Australia, indigenous people are up to 25 times more likely to suffer from chronic kidney disease than non-indigenous people. After fighting so hard to re-establish their communities, people were desperate not to be forced far from their families and country with no hope of going home." – Jeremy White, Managing Director, Charles River
Purple House's Challenge
"The water in remote communities nearly always comes from a bore and is then stored in a tank. One of the biggest risks with having a tank out in the sun is that it will grow bacteria. When you have bacteria in the water, it needs to be removed, so we work very hard to remove as much bacteria, salt, and heat out of the water as we can so that it’s safe to prepare for dialysis." – Michael Smith, Biomedical Engineer, Purple House
"The difficulty with remote water testing is that once you’ve got a water sample, you have to keep it cold while transporting the sample from the water testing site to the endotoxin testing facility. By us having our own Endosafe® PTS™ machine for bacterial endotoxin testing, we were able to test samples when we needed to.” – Megan Neil, Dialysis Operations Manager, Purple House
A Winning Partnership
Patients trust therapies, like their dialysis treatments, to be administered safely. Their lives depend on precision and sensitivity in your quality control testing procedures. We offer comprehensive bacterial endotoxin detection instruments and services to dialysis facilities to help improve the safety and quality of the water used in dialysis treatments delivered to their patients. Our rapid endotoxin test methods improve dialysis water testing, decrease testing time, and accelerate production.
The Endosafe® nexgen-PTS™ is a rapid, point-of-use, handheld spectrophotometer that can test for bacterial endotoxins directly from dialysis machines at an increased frequency, making the dialysis procedure safer, faster, and easier. Thanks to trainers like Jaye Diaz, the staff at Purple House are able to perform their own real-time endotoxin tests rapidly and at the point of sample collection.