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Surgeon Placed On Probation For Removing Patient's Wrong Kidney

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Surgeon Placed On Probation For Removing Patient's Wrong Kidney

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A California surgeon has been disciplined for removing a prison inmate's healthy kidney and leaving the diseased one intact.

The Orange County Register reported Tuesday that Dr. Charles Coonan Streit was placed on probation for three years by the state Medical Board.

The board said Streit, a urologist who has had his license for 41 years, relied on memory to decide which kidney to remove because he didn't have access to the patient's complete medical records.

The 2012 operation at Fullerton's St. Jude Medical Center involved a 59-year-old federal inmate. The hospital was fined $100,000 because CT scans were left in an office on the day of the surgery.

[h=3]California surgeon disciplined for removing wrong kidney[/h]

...The hospital said in a statement last year, when it was fined $100,000, that it had instituted protocols to ensure a surgery is delayed if a patient's imaging records are not available.

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LadyFree28 has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma.

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:facepalm:

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Holy cow. I'd almost believe that he did it on purpose than that he didn't have the images and just decided to wing it. Perhaps someone for to him.

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SubSippi has 2 years experience.

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It's strange to me that a failing kidney and a healthy kidney look similar enough to where a surgeon can't tell the difference.

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Emergent has 25 years experience.

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What happened to doing time outs? His whole crew failed big time!

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Rose_Queen has 15 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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What happened to doing time outs? His whole crew failed big time!

Depends on where the system broke down. IF the surgeon's H&P stated right side, the consent stated right side, and the patient was told right side, which he then confirmed when the OR nurse verified the consent with him, the team did the time out appropriately based on the documentation they had. Had any of those stated left, then yes, the team blew it and should have investigated further prior to bringing the patient to the OR.

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Christy1019 has 11 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Emergency/Trauma/Critical Care Nursing.

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How ridiculous!

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dudette10 has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Med/Surg, Academics.

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If this was a planned removal from outpatient, why were the records not available?

ETA: I just read that the films were left in the office of an MD "involved in the surgery." But, as someone else stated, the kidney would have appeared healthy, but the surgeon removed it anyway. Methinks he made a series of bad decisions, not just one.

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LadyFree28 has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma.

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Holy cow. I'd almost believe that he did it on purpose than that he didn't have the images and just decided to wing it. Perhaps someone for to him.

I almost believe that as well. :yes:

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNS and specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

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Another shameful incident of horrible care for an inmate.

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If he had doubts and no access to records why not close the pt up and schedule for a later day? It's hard for me to believe a surgeon couldn't tell a healthy kidney from a bad one by looking at them both.

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KelRN215 has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pedi.

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It's strange to me that a failing kidney and a healthy kidney look similar enough to where a surgeon can't tell the difference.

Stranger things have happened...When I was in nursing school, I worked as an aide for a summer in the community hospital in the town I grew up in. A surgeon doing a cholecystectomy removed the woman's KIDNEY instead of her gallbladder! And, here's the kicker, he didn't know what he had done until the Pathologist called to say that the specimen he received was a kidney. I still don't understand how you can remove a kidney without realizing it- don't renal arteries have to be tied off to do that?

ETA- this surgeon is now "Chair of Surgery" at this hospital. And my mother wonders why I yell at her when she even thinks about going there for anything.

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