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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?

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