Town and Country Dialysis Center Reopens After Cleaning Solution Sends Patients to Hospital
U.S. Renal Care in Town and Country reopened Friday after patients fell ill during dialysis and were hospitalized Monday. An investigation revealed cleaning solution and human error were to blame for the scare.
As previously reported by Patch, U.S. Renal Care confirms that a cleaning solution, commonly used in dialysis, was inadvertently added into the water supply due human error.
According to Tom Weinberg, with U.S. Renal Care, the the incident happened Monday at their 13190 South Outer 40 Road location in Town and Country.
Eight patients were initally hospitalized, some in critical condition, after receiving the wrong solution during dialysis. Friday, U.S. Renal Care said four patients still remain hospitalized and all are now in stable condition.
U.S. Renal Care officials explained the dialysis process and how the problem occured as follows:
The cleaning solution was inadvertently added to the dialysate, which is the fluid that surrounds the permeable tubes that carry the blood in the dialyzer. (The dialyzer is the external and artificial kidney that takes in the blood, cleans it and returns it to the body.) As is typical during dialysis, some of the dialysate diffused through the permeable tubes as the blood was cleaned.
The center voluntarily closed after the incident and U.S. Renal care officials said it's been working with the State of Missouri, the Medicare program and the manufacturer of the dialysis equipment since.
The center reopened and began seeing patients at 11:30 a.m. Friday.
The folling news release was issued by Weinberg and U.S. Renal Care late Thursday morning.
We have worked closely this week with the State of Missouri, the Medicare program and the manufacturer of our dialysis equipment to determine the cause of the incident on Monday and to determine that it is safe to provide dialysis treatments.
Today we received approval from the State and the Medicare program to resume services at the dialysis center. We will begin seeing patients at 11:30 a.m. We thank the representatives of the State and Medicare for their prompt response and advice on this matter.
We are continuing to communicate with all of our patients, including the four patients currently in the hospital. They are all stable. The health and safety of our patients is always our top priority, and we look forward to continuing to serve them and the Town and Country community.
According to a U.S. Renal Care news release, the company acquired the Town and Country dialysis center in August. It cares for patients suffering from chronic kidney failure known as end stage renal disease. The facility was formerly known as Premiere Dialysis.
According to U.S. Renal Care, the company serves 6,400 end stage renal disease patients and operates in 13 states.
*EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been corrected to reflect the process in which the cleaning solution reached and affected the patients.
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