Penza region surgeon to face trial for patient’s death
Penza, 30 October 2015. PenzaNews. The investigation of a criminal case against a former surgeon in the Bekovo department of the Serdobsk Nastina Inter-area hospital, 48, who had been accused of causing a patient’s death due to negligence, has concluded in Penza.
“According to investigation, on January 15, 2015, and ER brigade brought into the hospital a local resident, 63, who reported strong pains in the stomach. The surgeon in the clinic declined to hospitalize the patient, did not subject him to necessary inspections and medical tests to establish the patient’s actual status and diagnosis,” Lyudmila Fomina, Senior Assistant of the Head of the Investigative Department of the city Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, told PenzaNews agency.
This negligence resulted in a wrong diagnosis – “chronic pancreatitis relapse,” she explained.
“However, the doctor did not take into account the fact that the patient had never addressed the medics with any complaints over chronic pancreatitis. He let the patient back home, recommending him a diet, medication and a visit to a physician,” she added.
According to Lyudmila Fomina, several days later the man was again brought to the hospital in severely aggravated station, where he passed away in spite of all medical procedures, including surgery.
“According to the experts, the death was caused by purulent general peritonitis due to ignored acute appendicitis. His death could have been prevented during the primary hospitalization with a timely surgery,” she stressed.
The case has been sent to the court for review on the merits, Senior Assistant of the Head of the Investigative Department of the city Investigative Committee noted.