7 patients hospitalized after getting cleaning solution during dialysis treatment

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 4 at 5:20 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Seven people were hospitalized after they were pumped cleaning solution during dialysis treatment at a local care center, according to the relative of one of the victims.

 

The incident happened at U.S. Renal Care at 13190 South Outer 40 Rd. on Monday. The facility was formerly known as Premiere Dialysis.

According to Tom Wineberg, who represents Renal Care, eight patients were receiving dialysis when they began feeling uncomfortable.

Wineberg said employees stopped treating them and seven patients were transported to nearby hospitals. Three patients were taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in critical condition, while three others were transported to Mercy Hospital. All patients were upgraded to stable condition on Tuesday.

Of the seven, one of the patients has been discharged.

According to a relative of one of the victims, the patients had cleaning solution pumped into them. More details regarding the solution were not available.

U.S. Renal Care was closed Tuesday as employees conducted an internal investigation.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the company said the facility should be back open soon.

“We anticipate that the facility will reopen within the next day or two, but only after proper coordination with the State and Medicare.  Nothing is more important to us than ensuring the health and safety of our patients,” the statement read.

U.S. Renal Care is based in Dallas. On its website the company states it has 96 dialysis centers in 13 states, including two purchased recently in Town and Country and Ferguson.

According to Standard and Poors, private equity firms own about 90 percent of the company.

 

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