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Complications more likely when doctors don't do enough surgeries
Complications more likely when doctors don't do enough surgeries

The elderly woman arrived at Johns Hopkins Hospital with a hole in her trachea and her esophagus tied off to prevent bacteria from falling through the opening and infecting her heart and lungs. Despite doctors' efforts to save her, the woman died from the injuries suffered during an esophagectomy gone wrong at another hospital. Dr. Peter Pronovost, who cared for the woman, believes her death and thousands of others could have been prevented. The hospital that did the surgery, where part of the esophagus is removed and reconstructed using a piece of another organ, rarely performs the complex procedure, doing only one in the past year. Pronovost declined to identify the hospital. ...

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