Everyone in the healthcare industry knows that improperly-treated hemodialysis water can cause more harm than good, causing serious injury and even death among patients. Water purification systems like RO systems are classified as Class 2 medical devices and are closely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so here are the steps you need to take to ensure that the RO system will be suitable for use:
A quality assurance program should also be in place, along with comprehensive policies easy for the staff to follow and understand. Ensure that every part of the RO system, including the membrane and its RO membrane housing, is in order.
It’s also recommended to have daily water treatment log sheets, with enough sheets to hold at least a week’s worth of data, to keep track of the information from the RO system. Lastly, have a professional interpret the recorded data with the help of the staff responsible for keeping track, ensuring that there will be a reduced chance of chloramine breakthrough.
The FDA published a manual on water treatment for hemodialysis, which you should be familiar with by now. You should also know the latest guidelines on the requirements on the recommended use and practices for your RO systems. There are also several resource materials you can use as references for maintaining your RO systems, among them a paper titled “Quality Assurance Guidelines for Hemodialysis Devices.”