When Dirty Doctors Can’t Be Identified

As promised in yesterday’s post, I’m reporting today on a frustration among those of us who work in patient safety.

That frustration is once again sparked in this report from the Hartford Courant. Fifteen year old Mark Tsvok, injured in an auto accident in 2004, died from his injuries as a result of the misdeeds of Dr. Daniel H. Hechtman who made one misstep after the next in his treatment (or lack thereof) of the teenager.

After a series of investigations and hearings, Dr. Hechtman lost his license to practice anywhere in the state of Connecticut.

So what did he do?

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5 Responses to “When Dirty Doctors Can’t Be Identified”

  1. 1 Marc J (MPJ) November 2, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    Why do you propose adjusting your expectations of a physician who is in his/her 30’s. Its nice to see that you are proposing age discrimination. I would think that a physician who is in their 30’s would be much more up-to-date on the latest procedures/meds/therapies. Nice to know you are out there advocating for patients and scaring them without any evidence. You want some salsa for that chip on your shoulder?

  2. 2 Trisha Torrey November 3, 2007 at 7:15 am

    Marc, I wholeheartedly agree with you — a physician in his/her 30s is often a very good choice. Please read this post again — it says if a doctor is younger you might need to make an adjustment.

    Regarding the salsa… hmmmm…..

  3. 3 Marc J November 4, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    It says “If the doctor is only in his/her 30s, you might need to make an adjustment of your expectations.” Please adivse me as to why you would have to adjust your expectations. You certainly aren’t implying that its better to have a doctor in your 30’s. Please clarify for us “dumb” 33 year old physicians. Thanks…Marc

  4. 4 Michelle in Connecticut December 11, 2007 at 10:49 am

    It would be extremely unjust for anyone to pass judgement, without any evidence. You bash the Doctors name with no knowledge of all the good he has done. I have first hand experience. My son was a patient of his, and he took exceptionally good care of him. I was very confidant in the care my son would receive. In Dr. Hechtman’s defense, he is a doctor, Not God. Unfortunately, in medicine there is so much that is out of a doctors control. Again, without evidence; no judgement should be passed.

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