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Difficult Airways - April 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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3 0 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | A P R I L 2 0 1 5 Sedation, Sexual Assault and Surgical Centers Protect your patients from caregiver abuse and the resultant lawsuits. A 60-year-old Portland, Ore., woman is suing the GI clinic that per- formed her colonoscopy last April for unspecified damages, claiming that she was sexually assaulted while under anesthe- sia, a charge the clinic vehe- mently denies. According to the suit, 3 men were in the room during the colonoscopy — a physician, a medical assis- tant and a CRNA. A female RN treated the woman after the procedure. No criminal charges were filed in this case, as the accused retained lawyers and refused to speak to police, which has suspended its investigation, citing a lack of evidence (see "Patient Sues, Claims She Was Raped During Colonoscopy" at tinyurl.com/qe4sgvv). But as is often the case, an allegation of patient abuse has triggered a medical malpractice lawsuit. Regardless of the outcome — win, lose or settle — the facility loses every time. Predatory behavior Patient abuse means a healthcare professional breached his duty to prevent harm to patients. Any breach of that oath is medical malprac- tice. While these cases often bring criminal charges on the perpetra- tor, patients can and do sue facilities for negligence — and it can cost M E D I C A L M A L P R A C T I C E William W. Landess, CRNA, MS, JD z AVOID ABUSE There are several things you can do to keep patient abuse out of your facility.

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