Stanford Medical Center is being slammed by patients and their families as a hospital that misdiagnoses kidney disease.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court on Tuesday, seeks class action status for more than 100,000 people with kidney disease, alleging that the hospital misdiagnose them as having chronic kidney disease and that the results of testing they underwent were manipulated.
The class action seeks a jury trial and damages.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has been cited by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a hub for kidney disease misdiagnosis and fraud.
The hospital said it would not comment on the case.
It’s a complicated issue that can’t be answered by one person, said Dr. Michael J. Rochon, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, which represents some of the patients in the lawsuit.
But the medical community has not been very cooperative in trying to get to the bottom of the issue, he said.
“There’s a lot of skepticism about the process, and we need to get that going,” he said of the lawsuit, which seeks to hold the hospital accountable.
“There’s an important ethical issue that has to be addressed.”
Rochon said he had no idea how many people were being misdiagnized, saying he didn’t know how many had been treated in the past two years.
“I don’t think we can get a full picture without being able to get more information about this,” he told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
“And I think that’s what the investigation is all about.”
A university spokesperson declined to comment.
A spokesman for the UPMC Medical Center also did not respond to a request for comment.
Rochons lawsuit says that in April of 2017, a nurse at the hospital who was performing an annual test on a patient with kidney dysfunction diagnosed him with acute kidney failure.
The patient was later transferred to a medical center in New York.
The patient was transferred to the Stanford Medical Institute in December of 2017 for an emergency kidney transplant.
The hospital has not publicly announced that patient’s status.
The complaint alleges that the kidney transplant went well but that the patient’s kidney function continued to decline after he was discharged.
The nurse’s initial diagnosis, the lawsuit says, was wrong and she then continued to test him.
The plaintiff alleges that a second nurse was not able to detect that the transplant was progressing.
In the months that followed, he became dehydrated and died.
The UPML was ordered to pay the plaintiff’s medical bills, including medical and dental bills, as well as for lost wages, and the hospital has since paid the plaintiff about $2.8 million.
Rachman’s lawsuit claims that the medical center did not disclose the patient to the California Department of Public Health because it did not know he was receiving a transplant.
It also alleges that it failed to adequately supervise and educate staff members.
The university said in a statement that it was reviewing the complaint.
The university also said it has launched a formal investigation and has reached out to the UCC to provide more information.