23 Jul 2015

Dialysis units recalled for second time in American Samoa

11:41 am on 23 July 2015
LBJ hospital, American Samoa

LBJ hospital, American Samoa Photo: RNZI

Dialysis treatment at American Samoa's hospital has been suspended again, after another chemical recall.

There was a three-day closure in June when the manufacturer of bicarbonate solution, announced a recall of all supplies at the hospital.

The CEO of LBJ Hospital, Taufete'e John Faimuina, says the company has recalled the units again.

He is now seeking permission from the Governor, Lolo Moliga, to search all incoming shipping containers for units that don't feature the recalled lot numbers.

If unsuccessful, the hospital management is aiming to air freight emergency supplies on Wednesday's Hawai'ian Air flight.

In the meantime patients are being told to be calm, and stick to their diet plans while their dialysis sessions have been cancelled.

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