Surgery Centers: How Safe Are They Really?

Surgery Clinic

Have you heard about these surgery centers that are popping up all around the United States? These “surgery centers” claim that they are better than the local or regional hospitals. They claim to be less expensive and closer to where people live. They have been popping up around the United States for the past 50 years.

These surgical centers have been responsible for more than 260 deaths since 2013. Most of these deaths are preventable had these centers were better equipped with lifesaving equipment. There are so many problems with these facilities—let’s look a little deeper.

The Facilities

There are many problems that accompany these surgical centers. These problems are not just minor or incidental—they are dangerous and detrimental. These facilities are not equipped with the right lifesaving equipment Not having the right size of breathing tube has taken the life of one woman in particular.

Rebekah Shah went to the Oak Tree Surgery Center in Edison, New Jersey for a routine colonoscopy. Sadly, Shah stopped breathing on the operating table. The anesthesiologist struggled for minutes to find the right size breathing tube for Shah with zero success. It took 33 minutes for EMS to arrive at the clinic. Unfortunately, Shah died. If the surgery center had the correct size breathing tube, Shah would still be alive.

There are other patient stories are as chilling. Moreover, there have been many times that the clinics do not check to see what the health restrictions of their patients are or whether that actual treatment is appropriate. This leads to many life threating complications that are preventable had the staff been properly trained, equipped, and just slow down and look at the patient’s medical history.

The Staff

Arguably the most problematic entity of these surgical clinics are the people that work there. Of course, these clinics are Medicare certified. In 2007, Medicare noted that these many surgery centers “have neither patient safety standards consistent with those in place for hospitals, nor ae they required to have the trained staff and equipment needed to provide the breadth of intensity of care… (USA Today)”  So, literally anyone could walk into the surgery clinics and ask for a job as a “nurse” or as a “health care professional”. There have been many instances where the employees of these clinics call 9-1-1 in order to save their patients because they don’t know what to do!

Is this a good way to provide health care? To some, these clinics bring a sense of personalization and easiness to the process of getting health care. However, the families of the more than 260 patients that died would say otherwise.

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