By FILI SAGAPOLUTELE
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) - American Samoa's only medical center has temporarily closed its dialysis clinic after a voluntary recall by the manufacturer of a product used in the treatment of renal failure.
LBJ Medical Center CEO Taufete'e John Faumuina says hospital managers learned of the recall of NaturaLyte Liquid Bicarbonate Concentrate from an off-island supplier Tuesday. They closed the clinic Wednesday morning.
Faumuina says an emergency shipment of the product is scheduled to arrive Friday afternoon on a weekly cargo flight from Honolulu.
He told lawmakers earlier this year that the hospital serves around 160 patients. Dialysis isn't offered anywhere else on the U.S. territory, 2,300 miles south of Hawaii.
During the closure, dialysis patients are being told to follow diet restrictions and go to the emergency room with any health problems. The hospital says as of Thursday morning, no dialysis patients had gone to the ER because of complications.