Doctors who talk to a patient before surgery are less likely to operate on the wrong limb than those who first see the patient when he or she arrives in the operating room.
Back in 2004, the Joint Commission, a group that certifies health care providers, issued rules to try and prevent wrong-site surgery — terrible blunders involving the wrong limb or the wrong surgery.
The rules were supposed to became mandatory in hospitals and accredited outpatient centers. At the time, the president of the group that issued the rules called them so obvious that even if they weren't "quite Dick and Jane" simple, they were "pretty close."
A protester waves the national flag of Greece during a demonstration Tuesday at Athens' Syntagma square in front of the Greek Parliament. Demonstrators have been camped outside Parliament since May 25.
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ECUADOR, defaulted in 1999, 2008. A woman exchanges Ecuadoran sucres for U.S. dollars at the Central bank in Quito in 2000. Ecuador switched to dollars after its currency devaluated greatly in 1999 and fell 23.5 percent in the first week of 2000.
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INDONESIA, defaulted in 1998. Indonesian miners carry bags of mud to be filtered for gold at the Aneka Tambang gold mining site in 1999. Hundreds of gold miners had been digging at the state-owned mining site without a permit since an economic crisis hit the country in 1997 and again the following year.
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NIGERIA, defaulted in 2002. Police officers mount a barricade at the Labour Secretariat in Abuja to stop workers from marching in the street in 2004 amid continued economic woes. Nigerian trade unionists had gathered in the capital to protest rising fuel prices and mobilize support for an imminent general strike.
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RUSSIA, defaulted in 1998. A homeless man sleeps in the window of an antiques shop on downtown Moscow's Arbat street. Although Prime Minister-delegate Yevgeny Primakov had said during Russia's ruble crisis that reform was at the top of his economic priorities, the country ultimately defaulted.
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URUGUAY, nearly defaulted in 2003. Letisia Rodriguez, 18, and Ernesto Baez, 24, collect bottles, cardboard and food they find in a garbage dump in Montevideo. The economic crisis that affected Uruguay increased unemployment, forcing some Uruguayans to root through garbage to sustain their families.
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ARGENTINA, defaulted in 2001. Argentines try to break down a metal wall at a bank in Buenos Aires in 2002 to protest the government-imposed blockade that had prevented access to their savings since the beginning of December 2001.
Greece's day of reckoning is very nearly at hand.
Bright anger has spilled onto the street, as the country tries to dig its way out of an economic crisis. Prime Minister George Papandreou's government survived a key confidence vote, which he had called to help him pass deeply unpopular austerity measures. European Union ministers have threatened to cut off billions in bailout money if Greek legislators don't pass wage cuts and other painful austerity steps.
On his newest album, Hi-Fly, Sachal Vasandani pays tribute to jazz pioneers such as George Gershwin and Jon Hendricks, and also showcases some of his own music. A self-described "nice Indian kid from Chicago," Vasandani says his parents helped instill in him a love for jazz, but that they've always broadened his horizons, too.