Y2K Alert issued for dialysis machines

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1/3/2000: Alert issued for dialysis machines: Y2K problem may cause infection, U.N. official says. The unit provides dialysis for more than 43,000 patients at 581 clinics worldwide. --Dallas Morning News.

-- Steve Davis (Columbia, MD) (Steve@davislogic.com), January 06, 2000


Pretty sure this concerns the Gambro machines mentioned earlier here: Report from the ICC on Gambro Analyzers (from Leon Kappelman through Cathryn Wellner)

They were not sold in the US, according to the FDA page.

This is a really nasty fault. They don't auto-sterilize between patients.

-- Lewis (aslanshow@yahoo.com), January 06, 2000.

CNN FN Jan 6/2000 "Millennium bug fear at kidney unit Source: The Scotsman

An inquiry was under way yesterday after the millennium bug was linked to the failure of life-saving equipment at a Scottish hospital. Two kidney dialysis machines at Monklands District Hospital, in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, broke down at midnight on 31 December when an automatic cleansing mechanism failed to activate. ..." link

-- Steve Davis (Columbia, MD) (Steve@davislogic.com), January 07, 2000.

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