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GMH hemodialysis unit reopens

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by Janjeera Hail

Guam - The Guam Memorial Hospital's Hemodialysis Outpatient Unit reopened today, after being closed for two weeks due to a supply shortage.  During that time the unit's 43 regular patients were treated at one of three private dialysis centers.

The supplies finally arrived last week Monday, but it was a few days before the unit could welcome back patients.  GMH Spokesman Connor Murphy said, "We received our shipment of dialysis solution on Monday and we've just been doing the safety testing to make sure it's safe for all the patients. Just over the weekend we received the clearance from the centers from Medicaid and Medicare services, which is our regulatory agency and they gave us the go-ahead to open up again."

The supply shortage was caused when a vendor's shipment was lost aboard a Horizon Lines ship that sustained damage during a storm at sea January 25.

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