A History of Firsts

Baxter has long been on the forefront of developing innovative solutions for patients with kidney disease. Here is an abbreviated timeline of the most important milestones in our company's history:

1956 - Baxter medical engineers improve the original construction of Dr. Willem Kolff's design and introduce the first commercially built artificial kidney

1978 - Baxter introduced CAPD as a practical home-based alternative to hemodialysis

1979 - First Commercial CAPD Solution

1982 - First Home Patient Delivery

1990 - First Integrated Disconnect System

1994 - First Easy to Use Portable Cycler: HomeChoice Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD)

1996 - First CAPD Night Exchange Device: Quantum Exchange System

1998 - First National Kidney Educator Program

2000 - First Direct-to-Patient Education Program: Stay in Touch

2000 - First Home Patient Home Monitoring System: HomeChoice Pro with PD Link Software

2003 - First New Osmotic Agent in Over 20 Years

Kidney Disease Resources

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