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Plastic surgeon's solo procedure leads to patient death

There are dangers every time a patient is administered anesthesia, and therefore use of such substances should be made only how precautions are taken to avoid adverse reactions. A plastic surgeon out on the west coast disregarded such precautions and now finds she is facing manslaughter charges due to the death by brain injury of a patient.

The plastic surgeon decided to perform surgery upon a patient at 10:00 p.m. with no one else present to assist. The patient was given local anesthesia, but soon after such administration the patient complained of shortness of breath and chest pain. The patient then suffered a seizure, and the surgeon was unable to revive her.

Medical respondents discovered that CPR was never administered, and it was also found that the clinic was not supplied with equipment or medication to respond to this type of emergency. The medical respondents were unable to save the patient, and her death was listed as brain injury as a result of lack of oxygen.

Like Pennsylvania, the state in which this incident took place has stringent rules as to what is and is not permitted medical practice. The woman had performed after-hour treatments for other employees as well, and it was reported that she did not keep accurate charts or records concerning the prescribing of medications.

Such a circumstance demonstrates why medical malpractice attorneys hold doctors accountable for their actions. Though most doctors abide by all applicable regulations, some doctors like the one mentioned above disregard such rules for whatever reason.

Coincidentally, the plastic surgeon is now living in Pennsylvania while investigation of the patient's death continues. However, she is not allowed to practice medicine here.

Source: Oregon Live, "Portland doctor charged in 2010 after-hours cosmetic surgery death of employee," by Everton Bailey, Jr., August 28, 2012

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