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When A Surgery Goes Wrong

What happens when a surgery goes wrong? What happens if a scalpel slips, or if the wrong organ is removed? Las Vegas Sun reporter Marshall Allen takes us inside the horror stories of what happens after patients close their eyes in the surgery room.

Also, patients recount their own experiences, and doctors weigh in and how much room for error is acceptable. Who is at fault: the doctor? The hospital? Or are mistakes inevitable when it comes to life-and-death medicine? Have you had a bad experience under the knife? Whose fault was it? And where should surgeons focus on improvement?

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Marshall Allen, health reporter, LV Sun
Bill Berry, surgical consultant, Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions; Boston Project Dir, Safe Surgery Saves Lives initiative with WHO/World Alliance for Patient Safety

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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The Las Vegas Valley Water District today issued a warning about people who claim to be district employees asking to enter homes to inspect for leaks or collect payments. 

They said their employees will not do either of those things, and people that do could be thieves or scammers,  or are salespeople working for private companies. A common ploy nationwide is to test the water and then try to sell the homeowner something to fix said to be a problem.

They said water district employees drive official vehicles clearly marked with the district’s blue-and-yellow logo and wear a photo ID badge with the district logo.

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