By FILI SAGAPOLUTELE
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) - American Samoa residents who require dialysis are in their third day without the vital treatment after a product recall forced the U.S. territory's only dialysis clinic to close.
LBJ Medical Center says as of mid-day Friday, no one had sought emergency medical attention as a result.
The hospital's CEO Taufete'e John Faumuina says LBJ Medical Center managers shut down the dialysis clinic Wednesday morning after learning of the recall of a solution used in its machines. A fresh supply is to arrive later Friday, and the clinic is set to reopen early Saturday.
Dr. Anjay Rastogi, director the dialysis program at the University of California, Los Angeles, says dialysis treatment is "very time-sensitive," and how long a patient can go without it depends on factors such as age.
He says some patients can go a week, but some with no kidney function can go only a few days.