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Monday night was a night off. La...

Posted Aug 24 2008 8:01pm

Monday night was a night off. Last night passed without alarms. Tonight is monthly blood test night.

Every once in a while I read about something that makes my skin crawl. Three years ago when I was doing dialysis in a clinic in Nanaimo British Columbia , a technician noticed some blood behind a transducer protector, a place where it should not have been.

Other machines were inspected and also found to be contaminated. A check of dialysis machines across the province revealed a problem with one manufacturer’s design. For the next year, every patient who had had dialysis on those machines was tested for HIV, HepC and other nasty things. Luckily, no one was found to have been infected. At the time, I remember reading about the process of the investigation and the possible trouble the design flaw could have caused.

Today, I have another skin crawling read to share with you. I don’t want to comment on it as you will undoubtedly have your own strong opinion especially if you are a dialysis patient. Suffice it to say that as a home dialysis patient, I no longer am exposed to the bodily fluids of others on a regular basis. I do however occasionally end up in hospital or go away to clinics. I will never take for granted the hard work of those people who do not run their institutions like this one.

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