Cheyenne, WY (September 21, 2013) Odulair™ LLC, the world’s leading provider of advanced mobile health clinics and mobile medical vehicles today announced their launch of the world’s first Mobile Dialysis Unit that meets U.S. healthcare building regulations necessary to collect reimbursement fees from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The Odulair Mobile Dialysis Unit was on display at the 9th Annual Mobile Health Clinics Forum held September 14-17, 2013 in Palm Springs, CA hosted by the Mobile Health Clinics Association.
The Odulair Mobile Dialysis Unit is housed in a 53 foot (16 meter) expandable trailer that provides 1,000 square feet (93 meters squared) of interior space. The unit includes six U.S. healthcare code compliant patient dialysis stations each including state-of-the-art onboard hemodialysis water treatment, Fresenius dialysis machines and Herman Miller Nemschoff Treatment chairs with built-in heat and massage to ensure patient comfort during their dialysis treatment which typically lasts up to four hours. The Mobile Dialysis Clinic also includes all of the ancillary areas required for CMS reimbursement including a reception area, central nurse’s station, clean workroom, soiled workroom, handicapped accessible restroom, equipment repair room, environmental services room, and water treatment room.
Upon touring the Odulair Mobile Dialysis Unit, California Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD graduate of Harvard Medical School, said, “This is a mobile dialysis clinic that has features that are not even available in some hospitals. This is amazing!”
“The inspiration for this unit came from the plethora of calls Odulair received from flooded dialysis centers just after Hurricane Sandy destroyed New Jersey and New York dialysis facilities,” said Dr. Anita Chambers, CEO of Odulair, LLC. “Our research and development team had been working on the design of a U.S. healthcare code compliant Mobile Dialysis Unit for over a year when the calls started coming in. It was heartbreaking to hear that patients, who were already in poor health, now had to drive up to four hours to a cooperative clinic to receive their four-hour treatment in the middle of the night, then drive four hours back home again. Upon hearing these stories, we made it our top priority to complete the design and construction of our first Mobile Dialysis Unit as soon as possible,” Chambers said.
According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC), National Institutes of Health (NIH) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that one in 10 American adults, more than 20 million, have some level of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). According to the American Kidney Fund 2012 Annual Report, kidney disease is the 8th leading cause of death in the United States with an estimated 31 million people suffering from CKD. Although CKD is more common among women, men with CKD are 50% more likely to progress to kidney failure known as End-Stage Renal
Disease (ESRD), which requires dialysis or kidney transplantation to sustain life. In 2009 (the most recent statistics available), there were 116,395 new kidney failure diagnoses, 571,414 people living with kidney failure and 90,118 deaths among people with kidney failure; 398,861 of these people were on dialysis with over 90,000 people on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. In 2011, about 14,000 kidney transplants were performed. In 2009 Medicare expenditures for people with CKD totaled $33.8 billion USD with $29 billion being spent on patients with kidney failure (ESRD).