According to a report from al.com, two patients have died and the Center for Disease Control and the Alabama Department of Public Health have launched an investigation of a Bessemer dialysis center. The report notes that both deaths are infection-related.
A review of state health department records has revealed that the Bessemer Kidney Center was cited for failing to meet state health standards for infection control, glove use, and disinfection of surfaces on March 15, 2012. The report cites instances of staff members not washing hands and/or wearing gloves during patient care, specifically during the removal/insertion of patient catheters. A patient noted in the report was hospitalized for a catheter related infection. Now, after the deaths of two other patients, the center has been closed.
Unfortunately, the report notes that citations were not limited to staff sterilization issues. State health inspectors also found blood and debris in eight of the center's dialysis chairs-all which were "prepped" and awaiting the arrival of new patients.
Fresenius, the parent company that owns and runs the Bessemer Kidney Center, has also received deficiencies at 11 of its other Alabama facilities. Those include Fresenius Medical Care facilities in Alexander City, Huntsville, Fairhope, Gardendale, Opelika, Prattville, Tuskegee, Mobile, and Selma. It is unknown whether any of those deficiency reports were linked to patient deaths.
If your family member died from infection-related symptoms after treatment at any Alabama dialysis center, contact a Birmingham dialysis injury attorney immediately. Investigations by the CDC and ADPH may reveal that your loved one was lost due to the negligence of his or her respective kidney center.
About Drake Law Firm - Our firm handles fatal accident claims across Alabama, including injury or death caused by defective products, medical devices and negligent hospital staff. Our wrongful death attorneys have handled multiple dialysis injury claims over the years. Consult with an attorney before the Alabama's two years statute of limitations if you suspect a loved one was injured due to unsanitary conditions at a dialysis center.