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Ohio Dialysis Accident Leaves 16 hospitalized, 1 Dead

Source: Akron Beacon Journal | September 2nd, 2000
Location: United States, Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN: Sixteen people remained hospitalized yesterday with problems suffered when they received treatment at a dialysis center.

A 57-year-old man died Wednesday after being treated at the Physicians Dialysis Center in Youngstown.

One person was reported in critical condition at Northside Medical Center and two were listed as critical at St. Elizabeth Health Center. The conditions of the others ranged from serious to fair.

Three other people were hospitalized Wednesday and later released. The dialysis process helps take the place of kidney function for those whose kidneys are damaged.

Lawrence Lingo of Newton Falls died Wednesday, and the cause remained under investigation, the coroner’s office said yesterday.

The center, which has been closed temporarily as a precaution, is owned by the Renal Care Group of Nashville, Tenn., which operates about 200 dialysis treatment centers.

The Mahoning County health department, Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been called to investigate.