People Who Lie Once Might Do It Again

  1. When the surgeon dictated at 4:21 p.m. his document titled “history and physical,” he decided he wanted an imaging study. The time on the imaging request is one minute later, at 4:22 p.m. I was not told about this appointment; I was not there.
  2. Six weeks later I did see him in his office. I asked a technical question about the surgical procedure; it was actually two procedures. The order dictated in the document titled “operative report” is “A” preceding “B”; this order means he contaminated a clean or sterile site “B” with a dirty site “A”. His reply to my inquiry “the order of procedures was “B” before, not after “A”. He peer reviewed his own surgical procedure and found it so bad that he committed the office version (B before A) to paper; I have independent confirmation of his original version (A before B) in the pathology requisitions.
  3. There was a limitation on the surgical consent. He failed to follow it.

An adult who lies once might do it again; only 6 weeks had elapsed.

The pain required 60 Oxycodone pills; it took 18 months to resolve. My ulnar nerve was injured during surgery.

No one wearing a hospital bracelet should have to improvise a change in plan. In both these instances, the patient should go home without surgery and start over next week.

This story was reported, with all the paper trail, to institutional, peer reviewers, the state medical board, hospital surveyors (JCAH) and HHS personnel. According to its own website, his name remains on the medical staff of the institution.

2 thoughts on “People Who Lie Once Might Do It Again”

  1. Dr. Stead. All of your articles have been most enlightening and informative. Thank you for making the public more aware of these problems in our Healthcare System. It would be very helpful if you could suggest some of the ways we as patients can be more diligent and pro-active concerning our own healthcare. Thank you.

  2. Previous generations of patients almost questioned physicians about medical records and medical decisions. That has changed; it is imperative for the patient to be first and foremost her/his advocate. Problems nearly always are created when there is no perceived communication between physician and patient from the outset of the doctor/patient relationship; thus when a problem arises the relationship often becomes adversarial. A clear, concise, accurate and transparent medical record is an invaluable “insurance policy”. My teacher taught me very early, “the sick never inconvenience the well”. In this instance an ill patient was inconvenienced physically and emotionally and it was preventable. Yes, the patient must be a responsible self-advocate, but too, the physician must be a caregiver in every meaning of the word.
    O.W. Jones, MD

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