Medical Mistake Responsible for Death of Michigan Woman: Husband Files Lawsuit
In August 2007, a Muskegon County, Michigan woman suffering from diabetes died after a medical mistake at the dialysis center where she was receiving treatment for her disease. The 71 year old woman had been undergoing dialysis three times per week for the three years prior to her death. Her husband has filed a lawsuit against the center.
Patients undergoing dialysis are hooked up to a machine that filters the impurities from their blood using a machine called a dialyzer. Dialyzers can be either a single-use, which is discarded after one use, or reusable dialyzers. The reusable dialyzers are assigned to an individual patient, and are cleaned after each dialysis treatment.
Facilities using the disposable dialyzers are required to have two employees to inspect a dialyzer after cleaning before it can be used on a patient. However, in the woman’s case, a technician did not follow the state-mandated procedure. Instead of receiving the hemodiaylysis solution, the woman was injected with the dialysis cleaning solution and went into cardiac arrest. She died five days after the incident.
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