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A Savior Overlooked

By Rice Powell, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board of Fresenius Medical Care

Ventilators aren’t the only medical equipment in short supply during the pandemic: Hospitals and clinics all over the world are in need of acute dialysis machines as well.

The world first got to know COVID-19 as a respiratory disease, and fears of ventilator shortages received global attention. As the world’s leading provider of kidney care products and services, Fresenius Medical Care soon saw another rapidly growing demand: for acute dialysis machines. Reports and studies now confirm what we realized early on – around a third of the patients admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 develop acute kidney injury.

“If these folks are not dying of lung failure, they’re dying of renal failure,” neurologist Jennifer Frontera, who works for New York University’s Langone Medical Center, told Science. The hospital has treated thousands of COVID-19 patients.

Together, we made hundreds of acute dialysis devices and other supplies available when and where they were needed most – in hospitals from China to Europe, North and Latin America and beyond.

Rice Powell
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board

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