of Santa Barbara has restored and collected outdated dialysis machines
for a museum ( a" Museum of Hope"). These outdated machines were
used in earlier stages of kidney dialysis.
people have two kidneys and these organs provide life saving functions.
Most important are the removal of excess water from the body and
the regulation of internal chemistry. Additionally, kidneys remove
waste from the blood, regulates blood pressure and control red blood
the kidneys either progressively malfunction or cease to function
at all, a chemical or fluid imbalance occurs and the individual
must receive help from an artificial kidney machine. This procedure
is known as hemodialysis (dialysis means the removal of excess toxins
and hemo means blood).
seventeen pieces of equipment in Duarte's museum have been preserved
to illustrate how far along medical achievements with artifitial
kidneys have come, where the kidney program stands today and where
it is going.
purpose of the museum is to restore the equipment as a testimonial
to the patients who have had to use them and to honor our current
patient population awaiting the next viable treatment (form).
time and money has permitted Duarte has exhibited his "Museum of
Hope" at Regional and National Kidney Conferences. Some of the equipment,
made between 1956 and 1970, was donated by dialysis centers at the
Univerisity of California at Los Angeles and Irvine, and Santa Barbara
Cottage Hospital. Others were recovered by Duarte and his corps
of volunteers shortly before the machines were to be hauled off
by sanitation trucks.
Museum includes a 100 liter pump tank, one of the first dialysis
machines marketed on a larger scale - though pleased with this acquisition
- Duarte continues searching yet for one other 100 liter pump tank
to augment the collection.
you are aware of any old dialysis machines no longer in use, please
contact Ray Duarte.
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