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  • Kaiser Health News and USA TODAY Network: Surgery Center deaths

    Millions of Americans are having routine surgeries performed at the nation’s 5,600-plus surgery centers, the small facilities that promise to get you in and out quickly, and at a much lower cost. But some of those facilities lack the staff or training to handle emergencies, and have been taking on increasingly fragile patients. It’s a dangerous situation that has put patients’ lives at risk and even children’s lives at risk, a groundbreaking investigation by Kaiser Health News and USA Today Network discovered. Hundreds of patients, some as young as two, have died after having surgeries as simple as tonsillectomies or colonoscopies. And at least 7,000 patients a year had to be raced by ambulance to a local hospital when something went wrong.
  • Cosmetic surgery: The hidden dangers

    Sun-Sentinel series documents 34 cases in which people have died following seemingly-routine plastic surgery in Florida since 1986 -- 13 of them since 1997. The series revealed state inaction in disciplining surgeons with repeated malpractice claims and found that several individuals with criminal pasts and/or no medical training have opened surgery centers.
  • Surgery Centers: Surgery Scam

    WBBM-TV (Chicago) airs series exposing illegal and unethical practices at Chicago-area surgery centers; finds poor state regulation, charges for services not provided, and unnecessary surgeries.
  • Cosmetic Surgery

    CBS News West 57th Street looks into cosmetic surgery centers, which have used advertising to create a booming business, but handle their huge volume of patients by overbooking surgery and performing it at breakneck speed; found evidence they were using unlicensed personnel, leading to large numbers of malpractice suits, July 23, 1986.