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High Aluminum Amounts in Dialysis Fluid Prompts Recall

HARRISON, OH – Despite having her tap water tested, refraining from drinking soda from cans and carefully examining the labels of her food and makeup, Angie Caudill continued to experience the levels of one potentially toxic ingredient rising in her blood: aluminum.  “I did everything they told me to do,” said Caudill, “and it kept … Continue reading

Dialysis Patients Turned Away at Queen’s West in Oahu

OAHU, HI – According to a Hawaii News Now article, the Queen’s Medical Center West in Oahu is turning away dialysis patients on a daily basis. The center recently underwent $100 million in renovations.  Yet, an executive staff member of the facility said they are turning patients away because the dialysis facilities are not “cost … Continue reading

$2.2 million Dialysis Center Approved in Graham, NC

GRAHAM, NC – After an agreement to move existing dialysis treatment centers in Alamance County to the newly proposed facility, the plan for a $2.2 million dialysis center in Graham, NC has been approved.  Renal Treatment Centers, a subsidiary of one of the nation’s largest kidney care companies, DaVita, will be responsible for the new … Continue reading

Dialysis Clinic Inc. confronts discrimination suit in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, CA – The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) has alleged that nationwide healthcare provider Dialysis Clinic Inc. is guilty of discrimination for firing and refusing to rehire a nurse who took too long to complete her treatment for breast cancer.  The EEOC was founded in 1965 during a growing movement for equality and … Continue reading

Choices for Dialysis Patients at the End of Life

When kidney dialysis was introduced in the 1940s it was originally intended as a life saving treatment.  It was mainly used for young patients with acute renal failure and helped them until their kidneys could function without the therapy.  Since then the use and frequency of dialysis has changed.  Today the average dialysis patient is … Continue reading

CMS ESRD Quality Incentive Program Results for 2014

End stage renal disease (ESRD) is a permanent failure of the kidneys that is most often caused by diabetes or high blood pressure. Patients with ESRD must receive dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive. Dialysis is the process of artificially removing excess fluid and toxins from the blood, a process normally done by … Continue reading

DaVita to Open New Dialysis Clinic in San Rafael, CA

According to DaVita spokesman Justin Sorbis, the Denver-based DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. opens approximately 150 dialysis centers each year. The company plans to open their second Marin County center in San Rafael, CA some time in 2015. Sorbis said that the new center will have 28 dialysis stations capable of treating more than 200 patients … Continue reading

Race and Income Potentially Increase Risk of Death in Dialysis Patients

NEW YORK CITY, NY – A recent study released by Dr. Tanya Johns and her colleagues at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City indicates that young black adult dialysis patients who live in poor neighborhoods are much more likely to die than their white counterparts. In higher income areas racial differences were … Continue reading

New Dialysis Machine Able to Treat Newborns

VICENZA, ITALY – Italian researchers have developed a dialysis machine that can successfully treat newborns. They invented the machine to treat newborn infants suffering from kidney failure. In some cases dialysis machines used for adults can be adjusted to work for small children. But newborn infants are so small, using an adult dialysis machine is … Continue reading

Atrial Fibrillation Patients At Risk During Dialysis

A recent study published in the medical journal Heart found that atrial fibrillation (AF) patients who receive regular dialysis treatment have more episodes of irregular heartbeat on dialysis days. The study also shows that irregular heartbeats for AF patients occur more often during the dialysis treatment. Several hospitals in the Netherlands studied 40 dialysis patients … Continue reading