Dialysis Patients Mistakenly Injected with Cleaning Solution

Posted: Dec 6, 2012 2:55 PM by Associated Press

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TOWN AND COUNTRY (AP) - Federal inspectors are conducting an investigation after eight patients were injected with a cleanser at a kidney dialysis center in St. Louis County.

The patients got sick Monday at the U.S. Renal Care facility in Town and Country. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that seven were hospitalized but all are expected to recover.

Tom Weinberg of U.S. Renal Care says a cleaning solution was inadvertently added to the water supply due to what he called a "one-time human error." The center, which is on the campus of the Cedars of Town and Country nursing home, will be closed during the inspection. Nursing home residents who need dialysis are being treated elsewhere. Six of the patients who became ill live at the nursing home.

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