Archive for September, 2012

The Strangest Show On Earth

Monday, September 24, 2012 | By Scott | 2 Comments

Denver-based health-care mogul Kent Thiry runs DaVita, his multibillion-dollar kidney dialysis company, unlike anything the buttoned-down corporate world has ever seen. Are his carnival-like theatrics a stroke of genius, or are they designed to distract people from the hard truths about his business?

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Dialysis Senate Subcommittee – 2000 hearing. Arlene Mullen Testimony

Monday, September 24, 2012 | By Scott | 2 Comments

Thank you for this opportunity to be heard. The foregoing testimony represents how End Stage Renal Disease and Kidney Dialysis has evolved into a National Use and Abuse of Medicare Dollars and Dialysis Patients. This National Abuse frequently includes unreported patient deaths that are not related to their chronic disease, but to unethical and immoral practices of facilities.

Like so many others in the dialysis field, I was just a healthcare worker who received “on the job” training. I am not licensed or registered with any state or healthcare organization. I had direct and complete hands on care responsibilities for patients including inserting needles into their veins or graft in order to connect them to their dialysis machine to initiate their lengthy treatment. I, like many others at this level, did not have a comprehensive understanding of the renal diseases and process, the psychosocial problems, and most of all, the dangers of the equipment used and problems associated with the chemicals used in the reprocessing of dialyzers.

After months and months of witnessing the improper use of equipment, supplies, drugs and above all watching licensed professionals to permit these acts to proceed at the cost of the patients health and welfare brought numerous concerns. I followed the chain of command with no results. My conscience would not let me be silent and I filed my complaints with the Region 10 HCFA Office, which violated my confidentiality, and advised the Renal Network to handle my complaint that ironically was about them. I did file a formal complaint with the State Department of Health in which the investigation discovered that the State does not regulate End Stage Renal Disease Facilities and, therefore, could not impose sanctions. Continue reading “Dialysis Senate Subcommittee – 2000 hearing. Arlene Mullen Testimony” »

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Heart Attacks during and after dialysis using Granuflo

Thursday, September 20, 2012 | By Scott | No Comments

If you or a loved one has experienced this contact us. We’ll answer your questions.

The FDA has issued a Class I Recall for GranuFlo and NaturaLyte Dialysis Products manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care. This FDA Action Follows Revelation that Over 900 Patients Suffered Cardiac Arrest at Fresenius Dialysis Clinics in 2010. According to the company, GranuFlo and NaturaLyte are Associated with Elevated Bicarbonate Levels, a Significant Risk Factor for Cardiac Arrest. Other non Fresenius clinics have had similar problems.

Metabolic Alkalosis in ESRD Patients using Granuflo may include:

  • Twitching
  • Irregular Heart Beat
  • Slowed respiration
  • Cyanosis (bluish or purplish discoloration of the skin from lack of oxygen) 
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Vomiting
  • Drop in Blood Pressure

Renal Failure Consequences of Increased Bicarbonate Levels for Patients

Increased bicarbonate levels in the body can lead to a number of potentially serious health issues, such as:

  • Cardiac Arrhythmia
  • Hypokalemia (Low blood potassium)
  • Hypoxemia (Low blood oxygen)
  • Hypercapnia (Too much carbon dioxide in the blood)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Death
  • Heart Attack
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