State regulators shut down Medina dialysis clinic

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MEDINA, Tenn. — A dialysis clinic in Medina has been shut down by state regulators over concerns of patients being put at risk for bloodstream infections. The Tennessee Department of Health confirms the license for Advanced Dialysis Clinic LLC in Medina was revoked. According to documents filed by the Tennessee Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities, the clinic was closed down on Sept. 11 of this year after failing to follow through after a January inspection. The documents state during that inspection, the clinic “failed to utilize measures to prevent exposure of potential infectious bacteria” to patients. Along with other violations, the documents also state the clinic “failed to maintain a clean and sanitary environment” while patients were receiving hemodialysis. In 2012, the state began requiring dialysis centers to report bloodstream infections, but Tennessee is not yet releasing infection rates for individual centers as it does for hospitals, according to the Associated Press. This is a developing story, and WBBJ will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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