Growing Patient Population
Today, nearly 2.5 million patients worldwide receive hemodialysis therapy and require a vascular access to connect to the dialysis machine. This population is growing at 8% per year and projected to reach 3.4 million patients by 2020. In the US, over 400,000 patients are currently on hemodialysis and that number is expected to grow to 530,000 by 2020.
USRDS 2009 Annual Report. Fresenius 2011 Annual Report