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Prolonged treatment with an antibiotic left an 81 year old woman with kidney damage that requires 5 hour long dialysis every second day, greatly depreciating her quality of life. The woman was initially admitted to hospital with a knee infection where she received the antibiotic, known to be toxic to the kidneys, which was supposed to have been discontinued after discharge from hospital. However, the medication was continued and resulted in kidney failure within days. A nurse has been charged with medical negligence and the woman has been paid compensation.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Star
About: Antibiotic causes kidney failure in negligence claim
Date: 29 September 2005
Source: The Star
Author: Stephanie Gehring
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