Do No Harm: Part Five

How to put patients first

Dr. Tim McDonald is standing by the operating room nurses’ station, explaining how a medical error sent a patient into cardiac arrest. He’s holding two similar medicine vials, each about the size of a thimble, with black print on white-and-lavender labels.

Local hospitals’ willingness to change culture would be a step toward better care, transparency

It’s too late to protect Don Carlson, who was almost killed by a deadly infection he contracted in a Las Vegas hospital. The lengthy recovery cost him his security guard ...

‘You can’t kill my mother and get away with it’

This is an insurgency no one wanted to join. The patient safety advocates who gathered last month for their annual strategy session were drafted by tragedy — a botched surgery, ...

Where I stand

We must adopt a culture of sincere care

When this newspaper set out in 2008 to examine the quality of health care in the Las Vegas Valley, we knew, of course, that lives are saved and medical miracles ...

Sun investigation reveals flaws in hospital care; solutions offered

Because the series has confronted the hospital system, regulators and elected officials with evidence of the need for change, the Sun will continue to focus next year on health care ...


Interactive Features


See the source material behind the stories: legal filings, academic research, minutes from legislative hearings and internal e-mails.

The Human Cost

Meet the faces behind the data.


  • Brian Greenspun

    Sun Publisher and Editor Brian Greenspun talks about the findings of the newspaper's series on hospital care. To address the problems raised by the series will require a change in attitude from executive suites down, including more openness with patients and a commitment to do no harm.

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