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ER Doctor Reprimanded and Fined

A state medical board has reprimanded and fined a physician at a hospital in connection with a 2004 case in which a 40-year-old woman died while awaiting discharged. The woman came to the emergency room complaining of pain that she described as an “elephant sitting on [her] chest.” The doctor ordered standard lab work, a chest X ray and an EKG. The patient appeared to be improving, but then “experienced ventricular fibrillation” and died. A board-appointed peer reviewer found that the doctor’s actions failed to conform to minimum standards both as to diagnosis and to treatment. The doctor will be fined $5,000 and complete 15 hours of additional continuing medical education. The doctor will also pay $400 to the board as reimbursement of administrative fees and agree that a consent order will be placed on his physician profile. This is yet another example of how medical malpractice leads to a wrongful death. To read the full story, click here.