As Surgery Centers Boom, Patients Are Paying With Their Lives

(By Christina Jewett, Kaiser Health News and Mark Alesia, USA TODAY Network)

The surgery went fine. Her doctors left for the day. Four hours later, Paulina Tam started gasping for air.

Internal bleeding was cutting off her windpipe, a well-known complication of the spine surgery she had undergone.

But a Medicare inspection report describing the event says that nobody who remained on duty that evening at the Northern California surgery center knew what to do. Continue reading article here…

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