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Connecticut Doctor Reprimanded For “Failing To Do More”

fatima.jpg A Connecticut doctor, Dr. Joseph Turner, has been reprimanded and placed on probation after investigators determined that he could have done more to treat a patient who later died. According to the consent order, Dr. Turner “overlooked important clinical findings” that could have saved a 56-year-old patient who visiting the Fatima Hospital Emergency Room in March 2009. The patient, who was complaining of severe pain following gallbladder removal surgery, was simply discharged but died three days later.

Investigators believe Dr. Turner, who, at the time, was the ER attending physician, and the patient’s surgeon should have ordered an abdominal CT scan, inquired further, created a treatment and admitted him to the hospital. The state Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline ordered the reprimand and is also looking into the surgeon’s conduct. Turner, who has not been disciplined before, will be on probation for the next five years.

Doc disciplined after discharge of man who died, www.palmbeachpost.com December 17, 2012.


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