What You Need to Know if You are Receiving Dialysis for Kidney Failure

Hemodialysis, or dialysis for kidney failure, is an important medical procedure that often saves lives.  However, given the nature of the treatment and the medical needs of the patients, the potential for serious medical mistakes is often present for patients.

Some of the specific risks cited in a recent Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory published by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority include:

  • Medication errors
  • Failure to follow policy or protocol related to
    • Set up procedures
    • Needle disconnection
    • Needle infiltration
    • Falls
    • Defective machines
    • Clotting of the dialysis circuit or blood lines

If you, or a loved one, have suffered physical harm from a medical mistake related to hemodialysis, please contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer to learn more about your rights.