Lax Oversight Leaves Surgery Center Regulators And Patients In The Dark

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

The first man died in April 2014. Another died later that month. Then on July 18 of that year, a woman was rushed to a hospital where she was told she was lucky to be alive.

They all went to the same Little Rock, Ark., surgery center for a colonoscopy, among the safest procedures a patient can have. And each stopped breathing soon afterward, court records say, sustaining the same type of brain damage seen in a drowning victim. Continue reading article here…

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