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3 kidney patients developed infections at L.A. dialysis center
Los Angeles Times

Three patients at a Los Angeles County dialysis center developed serious infections last summer because of improper cleaning and disinfection of a reusable medical device called a dialyzer, researchers reported Tuesday. The dialyzer — in effect, an artificial kidney — removes toxic substances from the blood in patients whose own kidneys are not functioning. All three infections were traced to one machine, and the center has decided to stop using that type of machine, which is more difficult to disinfect than others.