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Resource ID: #16203
Subject: Medical Reporting
Source: U.S. News & World Report
Date: 1999-09-20



U.S. News & World Report's story about "... medicine's dirty little secret. Under pressure from HMO's, Medicare, and insurance companies to cut costs, thousands of U.S. hospitals are quietly recycling millions of disposable saw blades, biopsy forceps, and catheters for use in procedures from cardiac angioplasties to orthopedic surgery, putting unwitting patients at risk for injury, infection and worse. Proponents say the practice is safe and saves millions of dollars. (Critics call it) 'medical experimentation without patient benefit, written consent - or even patient knowledge.' The full consequences of instrument recycling are impossible to determine..."

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