Go into the cubicle. Take everything off. Don the surgical gown. Get on the cart. The MD comes for a 1-minute visit. Orderlies wheel the cart to the OR. The anesthesiologist puts some happy juice into the blood. Within what seems the flash of an instant, the MD shows up in the cubicle with some pictures to describe what has been found. Then, it's all over as a volunteer driver takes the patient home.
Whew! Thank goodness that's done!
But, what if the patient was to press the record button on his smartphone to be sure to capture any instructions his doctor would give him after the procedure?
That's what "D.B." did on April 18, 2013.
According to the Washington Post, DB was shocked on his way home when he replayed the recording. Not only had the surgical team had mocked and insulted DB as soon as he drifted off to sleep but discussed avoiding DB after the colonoscopy, instructed an assistant to lie to him, and placed a false diagnosis on DB's chart.
DB sued Shah and Ingham for being "verbally brutalized" as well as the anxiety, embarrassment, and loss of sleep for several months that ensued upon listening to the recording. The jury awarded DB $100k for defamation ($50k each for their comments), $200k for medical malpractice, and $200k in punitive damages.
What MDs did was offensive and stupid. But, even more outrageous was the expert testimony at of the former President of the Academy of Anesthesiology, Kathryn E. McGoldrick at the trial:
These types of conversations, are not only offensive but frankly
stupid, because we can never be certain that our patients are
asleep and wouldn't have recall.
"...we can never be certain that are patients are asleep"?
Now, that's really offensive and frankly stupid.
Let the discussion begin...
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