Hans Dietrich Polaschegg, PhD, who played a leading role in the development of the technical and safety standards for dialysis equipment, has died at the age of 69. Polaschegg, who served as Head of Research and Development of the Medical Systems Division of Fresenius AG from 1979 to 1994, died Feb. 3 in Graz, Austria, after contracting acute myelocytic leukemia just two weeks earlier, according to reports from RenalPro, a multidisciplinary forum for renal care professionals operated through the European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Associaiton/European Renal Care Associaiton.
"If you knew Hans, you will know what a huge loss this is to the dialysis community," wrote Dr Elizabeth Lindley of the Department of Renal Medicine at St James''s University Hospital, in Leeds, U.K."As well as losing a friend, many of us have lost an irreplaceable mentor.Lindley said Polaschegg held more than 100 patents, many of which related to renal technology, and continued to tinker after retirement with research and development at home in his garage, at the University of Graz and as a consultant to companies working on innovative devices. He was working on catheter lock solutions at the time of his death.
Photograph of Dr. Polaschegg courtesy of Dr. Elizabeth Lindley.