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Hartley & O'Brien Recovers for Family of Patient Who Suffered Fatal Blood Loss During Dialysis Treatment

Hartley & O'Brien attorneys recently resolved a wrongful death lawsuit in Pike County, Ohio involving a patient who died from acute exsanguination during dialysis treatment.

While conflicting accounts existed, by discussing the case with an experienced nephrologist and by conducting extensive discovery, the attorneys were able to uncover evidence indicating that the patient's venous line became disconnected from the hemodialysis access catheter, resulting in the patient suffering fatal loss of blood. It turns out the local dialysis facility failed to utilize Hemaclip devices; these devices are designed to prevent venous line disconnection and related catastrophic bleeding events.

The Department of Veterans Affairs, by a February 2010 Patient Safety Alert, mandated that the Hemaclip devices be used in its facilities to protect its dialysis patients. Testimony from the dialysis center's employees who had previously worked in other competitor dialysis centers indicated that the manufacturer of the blood lines (which also happens to be the manufacturer of the Hemaclip device) used on the patient required Hemaclip devices to be used in its own dialysis treatment facilities. These devices are freely available for purchase online and, when purchased in bulk, can be purchased for less than forty cents per unit.


Hartley & O'Brien is committed to holding negligent healthcare providers accountable in order to provide justice for injured patients and to protect future patients.

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