The state has closed a Memphis, Tenn., dialysis center following the death of a patient believed to have gotten an improper drug.
The Memphis University Dialysis Center closed Wednesday on orders from the Tennessee Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities, and patients were referred to other dialysis providers.
An inspection last month uncovered numerous problems at the center with record-keeping and patient care, a state report said.
Inspectors said a clinic patient died in April after receiving three doses of a blood thinner that had not been ordered by a physician. The death is still under investigation.
''Facility deficiencies indicated problems that could not be cured by staff changes and training, but they comprise a total systemic breakdown,'' the state report said.
The center, owned by DaVita of El Segundo, Calif., provided dialysis for about 180 patients.
The company said in a statement that it was working with the state and helping patients find treatment at other healthcare facilities. -- by the Associated Press