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19 October 2010

Surgery on the wrong patient? It's still a problem

A new study from Colorado shows surgery on the wrong body part, or even the wrong patient, is still a problem.

A new study from Colorado shows surgery on the wrong body part, or even the wrong patient, is still a problem.

He estimates about one in 75,000 operations go wrong every year in the US - sometimes with fatal consequences, as in the case of one patient in the new report who died following surgery on the wrong lung.

 
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