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Mass. Department of Public Health report details Beth Israel surgery in which doctor fell asleep – The Boston Globe

Interesting article in the March 25, 2009 Boston Globe concerning a physician at Beth Isreal Deaconess Hospital in Boston.  The physician had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, came into the OR in the morning noticeably tired and “wobbly”, fell asleep during a second surgery and abruptly left prior to finishing another — which took seven hours rather than the estimated 90 minutes.   The surgeon had since been fired and suspended by the board of medicine.  The hospital faced a damaging report by the Department of Public Health.  The scenario shows how difficult it can be in organizations to immediately address impaired and disruptive practitioners.

Mass. Department of Public Health report details Beth Israel surgery in which doctor fell asleep – The Boston Globe.

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