March 22, 2015 |
Deathly ill, Harley was marinating in his own toxins. The 4-year-old cat's kidneys had stopped performing their vital blood-cleansing function. The orange tabby from Jordan - his owner was a diplomat in Washington - was carried into the dialysis suite limp, eyes half-closed and glazed over. The veterinarians and other staff at the University of Pennsylvania were already masked and gloved. They hooked Harley up. Penn's Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital is one of a dozen dialysis centers nationally (four are on the East Coast)
January 2, 1986 |
Increasing numbers of people with kidney failure, many of them gravely ill, choose to end their lives by stopping dialysis treatment, and these little- publicized deaths are likely to become even more common, a study concludes. Researchers surveyed a large dialysis program and found that halting the therapy accounted for 22 percent of the deaths among its patients. While "agony and difficulty" wrack all people involved in terminating treatment, the study said, those choosing discontinuation "made deliberate decisions, having spent almost three years on dialysis before treatment was stopped.
April 12, 1988 |
Officials of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden have released their account of the frightening drama that unfolded in the hospital's Regional Artificial Kidney and Transplant Center last week when one patient died and two others suffered cardiac arrests as a result of technicians' errors. The accident occurred when dialysis unit staffers inadvertently switched two drugs used in dialysis - mannitol, which raises blood pressure, and lidocaine, an anesthetic. On April 6, according to the hospital's final report of its investigation, a dialysis technician inadvertently gave a lethal dose of lidocaine, to Angelo Carillo, 68, of Pennsauken.
October 1, 2011 |
After suffering from chronic kidney disease for a year and experiencing fatigue in recent months, Bishop Joseph Galante of the Catholic Diocese of Camden will begin dialysis treatments six times weekly beginning this month. In an online letter to members of the diocese, Galante said he had a series of medical procedures to prepare him for dialysis. The date of his first treatment has not been set, diocese spokesman Peter Feuerherd said. Though the sessions will last up to three hours each, Galante expects to continue his regular duties.
June 10, 2016 |
Inspira Health Network, based in Mullica Hill, said Wednesday that it plans to put its three dialysis centers into a joint venture with DaVita HealthCare Partners, pending regulatory approvals. The three centers, which employ 67, are in Vineland, Millville and Bridgeton, Inspira said. Inspira said it would try to find jobs for the dialysis workers in the new joint venture or elsewhere in the Inspira network. The centers in Vineland and Millville are already joint ventures between Inspira and unidentified investors.
May 20, 1988 |
The death of a kidney dialysis patient during a routine visit to a Camden hospital last month was the result of the sloppy labeling of medicines, the failure to follow established procedures and a reliance on inadequately trained technicians, according to a New Jersey Health Department report released yesterday. Officials at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center attacked virtually all of the state's findings in a 17-page rebuttal issued late yesterday afternoon. They vigorously defended the use of technicians, rather than nurses, to oversee dialysis patients, saying the state has never prohibited the practice.
March 31, 2003 |
Willem J. Kolff, 92, like many retirees, likes to tinker in the craft room of the Dunwoody Village retirement home. On several cluttered tables, past the miniature trains, beyond the cubbyholes of brightly colored yarn, ceramic unicorns and pots of glazes, Kolff works on his project. He's building an artificial lung. Undaunted by age, Kolff is continuing a lifetime of work with artificial organs that began with his invention of the kidney-dialysis machine during World War II. For his pioneering work, Kolff last month received the $500,000 Russ Prize from the National Academy of Engineering.
April 12, 1988 |
The heart attack caused by an accidental medication mix-up at a Camden kidney-dialysis unit last week distracted workers so much that they failed to catch the error and gave two other patients the wrong drug, hospital officials said yesterday. In their first detailed public account of the matter, officials of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center said yesterday that they had completed their investigation of the April 6 incident, in which one man died and two others went into cardiac arrest but were revived.
December 14, 1986 |
Usually, the blood test is a formality, passed over as quickly as a crack in the sidewalk on the way to the wedding chapel. But, for 21-year-old Gail Levick, that tiny pin prick in 1971 burst illusions of endless health, revealing the illness that would devastate her strength, steal her independence and nearly kill her several times. Diagnosed with severe kidney disease just three weeks before her marriage to Harvey Goldglantz, she spent 13 years on medicine or dialysis while her body rejected two successive transplants.
November 11, 2012
A Berks County man was charged Friday with stealing $500,000 intended for his wife's dialysis treatments, federal prosecutors said. Darwin D. Dieter, 53, of Kempton, allegedly laundered proceeds from insurance checks between December 2010 and July 2011. He was arrested Friday by FBI agents. If convicted, he faces a maximum prison term of 120 years and a $2.75 million fine. - Robert Moran