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Reporter documents surgical errors through public records

Surgical errorsWhen Boston Globe reporter Lizbeth Kowalczyk asked the health department to run a computer search of report and investigation summaries for 2005, 2006 and 2007-to-date, she discovered records of surgeries that involved the wrong site, wrong patient or wrong procedure, and instances of objects left inside patients. The reports showed that procedures to prevent such incidents were not implemented consistently and that some nurses and technicians didn't confront surgeons about lapses, even though they acknowledged later that they knew the what the surgeon was doing was wrong.

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