NKTI dialysis center resumes operations

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Normal operations at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) Hemodialysis Center are expected to resume this weekend, the institute said in a statement.

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The center was closed following reports of chills being experienced by patients undergoing dialysis.

On June 9, the Hemodialysis Center was partially opened for out-patients. It limits patients to 40 per day. No chills have since been reported by patients.

The Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) supports the prompt response of the administration to the reported chills suffered by patients during their hemodialysis treatment on May 28-30, 2014 that led to the closure of the NKTI’s Hemodialysis Center on May 30.

Dr. Anthony Leachon, PCP President, said “we laud the efforts of our colleague, Dr. Romina Danguilan to investigate the matter and uphold patients’ safety above all, including stalling the center’s operations and losing potential profits for the hospital. It’s a noble and admirable measure coming from a top government referral hospital seeing a great number of patients with kidney failure undergoing dialysis.”

Danguilan is a companion of the PCP and the Philippine Society of Nephrology. She’s also the head of the Hemodialysis Center and chairperson of the NKTI’s Department of Adult Nephrology.

The institute said bacteriological studies and other analytical tests were conducted and specimens were obtained from six water treatment and dialyzer re-processing ports, over 40 hemodialysis machines, treatment area, other apparatus, disinfectants, dialysate baths and medications used for and during dialysis.

While awaiting the results of the bacteriological and other studies, they conducted disinfection of water treatment and distribution loops supplying the hemodialysis machines; and replaced all water treatment membranes, filters and hemodialysis machine filters.

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