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October 17, 2017

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Fed health inspectors being dispatched to help here

The federal government is sending inspectors to Nevada, and the state is hoping neighboring states also send inspectors to deal with sinking faith in the state's medical system.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention will send inspectors to Nevada to team up with state surveyors, the governor's office said today.

The state has also asked a federal agency to request surrounding states to send surveyors in to help with inspections, said Mike Dayton, Gov. Jim Gibbons chief of staff.

"We are facing a public health crisis not only in the sense of certain facilities not adhering to common sense medical practices," Dayton said, "but also the perception from the general public that it is not safe to have procedures done that help save lives, namely a colonoscopy exam."

Gibbons has also authorized the state to request the use of the State Disaster Relief Fund, if necessary, to assist in ongoing efforts to address public health concerns regarding unsafe medical practices at ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) throughout Nevada.

The federal government has authorized funding to help pay for the temporary hiring of additional Surveyors and for overtime. Dayton said in the long term, the state would be looking at state resources and whether the fees are adequate.

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