Surgery was conducted when patient is not fully numb

May 11, 2014

SINGAPORE – A senior gynaecologist has been suspended and fined J$10,000 for performing a caesarean part on his affected person with out making certain that she was absolutely anaesthetised.

The Singapore Medical Council (SMC) discovered sixty eight-yr-previous Dr Daniel Lee Kim Kwong of Lee Women’s Clinic and Surgery responsible of “critical” skilled misconduct.

The incident happened in August 2010.

Before the process, the affected person had informed Dr Lee she nonetheless had some feeling in her leg.

But shortly after, he made a minimize on her stomach with out testing whether or not the epidural anaesthesia had taken impact, inflicting the affected person to scream in ache.

In a media launch, SMC stated the affected person’s scream “stayed within the minds of a number of of the medical professionals in that working theatre” once they gave their testimony.

However, Dr Lee proceeded with the caesarean, so the anaesthetist needed to administer a fuel combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide for a few minute to sedate the affected person, and the child was delivered inside three minutes after the affected person’s scream.

The Council stated the minimize made by Dr Lee penetrated the pores and skin and fats layer, inflicting vital ache and bleeding, and “couldn’t quantity to an applicable check, as it will defy all tenets of acceptable follow for a surgeon to conduct the check on this method.”

His determination to proceed with the caesarean was additionally “unacceptable”, because it was not an emergency process and the affected person should really feel ache beneath the impact of nitrous oxide fuel, even when she couldn’t vocalise it.

Apart from a J$10,000 wonderful, the SMC ordered a N-month suspension for Dr Lee, which was decreased to 5 months after he filed an attraction to the High Court.


Surgery was conducted when patient is not fully numb
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