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Death in Ambulatory Surgical Center Raises Patient Safety Concerns

November 25, 2014



A 56 year-old woman presented to her surgeon’s ambulatory care center (ASC) for laser resurfacing around both eyes and mouth. She had undergone other prior cosmetic procedures without complications. The patient specifically asked her surgeon to conduct this procedure in the ASC owned by the surgeon for privacy reasons, and was insistent that an anesthesiologist, not a Certified …

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