Practice of Medicine
Late Operative Report Jeopardized Defense of Lawsuit
November 5, 2014
A general surgeon performed a laparoscopic cholecystectomy on a patient. The patient was under general anesthesia for approximately fifty-five minutes and was discharged home, after recovery, the same day. The surgeon dictated his operative report two days later, documenting the surgery as “markedly uneventful”.
At discharge, the patient’s vital signs were within normal limits: BP …
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