Surgery that is not required leads to medical lawsuits
The doctor cannot read the test results, performs unnecessary surgeries, and is sued.
A lawsuit was recently filed after a patient in her 40s with a tubal ligation to Dr. OB (who was not identified) had left. She had been to the emergency room ten days earlier, and an ultrasound at that follow-up appointment showed an empty uterus with some fluid around her ovary. Previously, Dr. OB added a positive serum pregnancy test to the woman’s table so that Dr. OB had to assess the ectopic pregnancy. However, the report was accidentally included in their file.
The woman agreed to have surgery that day and went to the emergency room after agreeing to have “surgical laparoscopy for an ectopic pregnancy with possible partial salpingectomy”. The emergency doctor then recorded the patient’s pain in his note. He also wrote, “Risk factors consist of pregnancy.” However, the patient tested negative for pregnancy from a blood sample ordered later that afternoon at the hospital. In the meantime, Dr. OB carried out the procedure and only found out about the negative results afterwards.
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Dr. OB did not discover an ectopic pregnancy, but noted that he removed a cyst and performed an endometrial curettage to remove any debris from the conception. When he discovered the mistake, he had to tell the woman.
The patient fared well after the operation, but sought the help of a lawyer to file a lawsuit alleging that Dr. OB had “failed to follow up on a pregnancy test he ordered before the operation, performed an unnecessary operation, and committed a battery by exceeding its approval. “The case was resolved without extensive litigation.
Surgery is unnecessary, according to a new report from the bipartisan health organization Lown Institute, which states, “Whether or not you really need this care should be one of the cornerstones of what quality means. However, there was no national framework in which, for example, the Joint Accreditation Commission or the NQF … really made this a cornerstone of their mission. “
Sometimes these surgeries are done on purpose for no reason so that the doctor can get an insurance payout. Last year, the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, was in the hot seat after a nurse, Dawn Wooten, filed a whistleblower complaint that inmates told her that their uterus had been removed without her consent. The center released records of all women who felt they were treated unfairly and 16 were concerned about the care they were receiving. All were made by Dr. Mahendra Amin, who has been referred to by ICE officials as the detention center’s “primary gynecologist”.
Dr. Ada Rivera, medical director of the ICE Health Service Corps, said the allegations “raise some very serious concerns that deserve prompt and thorough investigation.” She added, “If these claims are true, I have an obligation to make the necessary corrections to ensure that we continue to prioritize the health, welfare and safety of ICE prisoners.”
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