Puerto Rican Patients, Saline Industry Still Recovering

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In mid-April 2018, Puerto Rico again experienced a total blackout, this time because of an electrical subcontractor’s mistake, not an act of nature like Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in September 2017.

Many patients have to travel far—sometimes up to 12 hours—to find functional dialysis opportunities. In March 2018, Puerto Rico’s health secretary said the department was working to bring in mobile units for dialysis. Luis Emanuelli, regional vice president of Fresenius Kidney Care, said he is aware of plans for the mobile units but is unaware of the timeline for bringing them on line.

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