AAMI RD62:2006 and RD62:2006/A1:2009 (Consolidated Text)


Water treatment equipment for hemodialysis applications
standard by Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, 04/24/2009

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This standard covers devices used to treat water intended for use in the delivery of hemodialysis. Included in thescope of the standard is water used for: (1) the preparation of concentrates from powder at a dialysis facility, (2) thepreparation of dialysate, and (3) the reprocessing of dialyzers for multiple uses. The provisions of this standard applyto individual water treatment devices and to water treatment systems assembled from one or more of these devices.In the first instance, this standard is directed at the individual or company that specifies the complete water treatmentsystem and, second, at the vendor who assembles and installs the system. Since systems may be assembled from anumber of individual water treatment devices, the provisions of this standard are also directed at the manufacturers ofthese devices, provided that the manufacturer indicates that the device is intended for use in hemodialysisapplications. This standard is written principally to address water treatment systems for dialysis facilities treatingmultiple patients. However, all of its provisions equally apply to water treatment systems used in applications where asingle patient may be treated, such as in a home dialysis or acute hospital dialysis setting, except where statedotherwise.

The physician in charge of dialysis has the ultimate responsibility for selecting a water treatment system. Thephysician in charge of dialysis also is responsible for maintaining the performance of that system after control of thesystem has been transferred formally from the installer to the physician. Generally, this transfer takes place after theinstaller of the system has demonstrated that the performance of the system meets the requirements of this standard.Recommendations for ongoing monitoring and maintenance of the system are provided in ANSI/AAMI RD52:2004,Dialysate for hemodialysis.

The requirements established by this standard will help protect hemodialysis patients from adverse effects arisingfrom known chemical and microbial contaminants found in water supplies. However, proper dialysis and patient safetyis ultimately dependent on the quality of the dialysate. Since the manufacturer of water treatment equipment does nothave control over the dialysate, any reference to dialysate in this standard is for clarification only and not arequirement of the manufacturer. The responsibility for assuring that the dialysate is not contaminated, mismatched,or otherwise damaging to the patient rests with the clinical professionals caring for the patient under the supervision ofthe medical director. Recommendations on the preparation and handling of dialysate in a dialysis facility are providedin ANSI/AAMI RD52:2004, Dialysate for hemodialysis.

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