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Bessemer dialysis center shut down after patient deaths previously cited for infection-control problems

“A dialysis center shut down here recently after the infection-related deaths of two patients was cited in a report about a year ago by the state health department for multiple infection-control deficiencies that included a case where a patient was hospitalized.”

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C. Diff Dangerous in ESRD

Patients on kidney dialysis who are infected with Clostridium difficile appeared to have a greater risk of infection relapse and also appeared to have a higher all-cause mortality that patients who do not have kidney disease, researchers said here.

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Video: Company accused of giant Medicare fraud

Company that runs 2,000 US dialysis clinics accused of giant Medicare fraud

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One Nurse’s Campaign to Optimize Safe Dialysis for Patients

Confident Voices blogs a Q&A with patient safety activist, Kathy Day, about her recent fight for dialysis patients in Maine.

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The Strangest Show On Earth

Article about Kent Thiry, the CEO of huge dialysis company Davita.

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Making Dialysis Safer: Simple tools to protect patients from bloodstream infections

CDC: Bloodstream infections are one of the most serious types of infections dialysis patients can get. Since 1993, there has been a 40 percent increase in the rates of hospitalizations for bloodstream infection among hemodialysis patients, underscoring the importance of protecting this population.

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On our radar: Maine dialysis centers may be bought by dialysis corporate giant—what’s at stake for patients?

Three dialysis clinics run by the nonprofit hospital Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) may soon be purchased by one of the country’s largest for-profit dialysis companies, Total Renal Care, Inc., a subsidiary of Colorado-based DaVita, Inc. The deal is expected to close early this summer after a state review process.

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