Wrong-site surgery by Iowa physician
A 49-year-old-Iowa-licensed physician practicing in the area of orthopedic surgery out of Davenport entered into a settlement agreement with the Iowa Board of Medicine. According to the IBM’s press release the physician inadvertently performed surgery on a patient’s left ankle rather than the right ankle. To the doctor’s credit he realized his mistake, informed the patient and their family after completing the unauthorized surgery. The doctor was fined a $2,500 civil penalty.
So, in general, why or how does this happen?
It could be several reasons although none are a good excuse.
- In a rush or working too much.
- Didn’t read the chart.
- Failed to use the time-out procedure.
- No one marked the surgical site.
- The surgeon fails to confirm the surgical site with the patient prior to starting.
- The surgical team failed to point out the doctor’s error.
- The surgical team including the doctor, did all of the above.
- Substance abuse could be an issue as well.
See what we have written about wrong-site surgeries. Link
- Who is at fault when a wrong-site surgery occurs? | Lombardi Law Firm
- How to Avoid Wrong Site Surgery Cheaply | Lombardi Law Firm
- Another Iowa Wrong-Site Surgery | Lombardi Law Firm
- Wrong Site Surgery Day March 9, 2011 | Lombardi Law Firm
Contact Steve if you would like to discuss your wrong-site surgery; he's handled several over the past thirty plus years. Or if you are a physician and need assistance with your Iowa Board of Medicine citation we can help you.