Posts Tagged ‘Heart Attack’

FDA Recalled Bicarbonate Additives Used During Kidney Dialysis

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments


On June 27, 2012 the FDA recalled the two leading bicarbonate additives used during kidney dialysis since 2003. These products, GranuFlo and Naturalyte, can cause cardiac arrest and stroke in dialysis patients. If you or a loved one are on kidney dialysis and suffered cardiac arrest or stroke after 2003, please call 1-800-279-6996 and fill out the contact form at to determine whether you have a claim.

This office is also investigating the stock losses which occurred to the company selling these products: Frenesius Medical Care AG & Co. KGAA (stock symbol: FMS). If you own shares of FMS, please call the same number and fill out the contact form to determine your right to recover your losses.

Please complete a contact form at or call 1-800-279-6996 if you need more information and to join the lawsuit.

Joseph R. Santoli, Esq.
340 Devon Court
Ridgewood NJ 07450-1810

Dialysis – Justice For All on BlogTalkRadio

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | By Scott | No Comments

Listen to frank discussions with patients, family, Doctors, and Dialysis health care workers about the state of Dialysis in America. Rev. Dr Floyd D. Harris, Jr. is the International President Of The National Network In Action a civil & human rights organization that fights for justice for all people. Dr. Harris is known all over world and speak truth to power.

Visit this BlogTalkRadio site to view Upcoming Broadcasts and Archived Episodes concerning the current situation of Dialysis health care in America.

Here are some of the past broadcasts focusing on Dialysis Care:

We encourage patients and family members to stand up for their rights and a better quality of care.

If you haven’t listened to any of these broadcasts live, these interviews have excellent information to help patients, families, and caregivers improve the state of Dialysis care.


Friday, January 25, 2013 | By arlene | No Comments


Hi Arlene!

I wanted to thank you again for helping us with Phillip’s dialysis care at Davita, in Clarkston Michigan. I wanted to share with your readers our story, as well. Phillip, my husband has been on dialysis for 5 years and is very vigilant on trying to maintain his health while suffering end stage renal failure. Phillip’s story began in late 1999 when he was in full renal failure after being put on medicine for gout. This medicine created protein kidney stones that blocked his urethra and cut off the blood flow to his kidneys. Going on dialysis was definitely scary for us but after he had been placed on dialysis he had improved and started to feel better. He soon suffered a heart attack and had to have emergency Triple bypass surgery…



Thursday, January 24, 2013 | By arlene | No Comments


What is reuse? Reuse is the term for using a dialyser more than once on a patient. Originally dialyser were labeled SINGLE USE ONLY, after lobbying by the industry they were relabeled for multiple use under direction of the patient’s doctor. 

Why should I ask for a new dialyser? In order to reuse a dialyser it needs to be treated with chemicals then rinsed thoroughly. The chemicals used are deadly and if not completely removed before use on a patient they can lead to serious medical problems or death. You are trusting that the person handling your dialyser is fully trained in this process, not over loaded with patients, and mistake free.

Would you do this with your car? We take our vehicles in for an oil change, would you let them take off the oil-filter rinse it out and reuse it? 

FRESENIUS SAYS NO TO REUSE: Fresenius dialysis care centers stopped using reuse dialyzers after questions were brought up about potential harm to patient. 

Posted in a Davita reception room: If you require hemodialysis and dialyser reuse is practiced in the facility, you are entitled to the following:

* To give or refuse permission to participate in the reuse program and to request to change from one to the other at any time either verbally or in writing. Refusal to participate in reuse will still allow the patient to dialysis in this facility and receive other services, however, failure to agree to reuse will minimally restrict the choice of dialyser.”  

 Problems that have occurred from reuse
      Mix-up, another patients dialyser used (other patient may have a contagious diseases) 
      Reuse dialyser not completely rinsed and chemical free (resulting in serious problems or death)
Patients who have stopped reuse have shared how much better they feel after they requested single use dialyser. Some have said they felt better almost immediately.
Its your choice, you have the power to say no to reuse.   
Read more about reuse vs single use dialyser From: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology