Truro doctor reprimanded after botched surgery

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A Truro doctor is being reprimanded by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia for "deficiencies in his practice" related to a gall bladder surgery in 2012.

In its decision released Thursday, the college said in part that Dr. Martin Dzierzanowski "failed to demonstrate appropriate knowledge, skill and judgment" during the February, 2012, surgery.

The investigation on Dzierzanowski was initiated following a complaint by family members of the unnamed patient who underwent the gall bladder surgery.

In October of that year, a hearing committee at the college issued an interim restriction on Dzierzanowski's licence to practice medicine, which prevented him from performing any surgery requiring "conscious sedation or general anaesthesia."

Following its complete investigation, however, the committee concluded that, in addition to failing to demonstrate the appropriate knowledge, skill and judgment during the operation, Dzierzanowski also failed to communicate "appropriately" with the family of the patient when the pathology report was received, failed to maintain adequate chart documentation respecting the patient and that he also failed to maintain "legible and complete chart documentation on a variety of other patients."

As a result of its conclusions, the college reprimanded Dzierzanowski for the deficiencies in his practice by ordering him to complete the next available offering of the Medical Record Keeping Course, offered in Ontario.

It also lifted the prior restrictions on his medical licence and replaced them with additional restrictions and conditions respecting particular surgeries (the details of which are available through the college).

Dzierzanowski will also have his surgical cases audited for the next six months and any concerns are to be "immediately" reported to the college.

The college further ordered Dzierzanowski to pay an undetermined contribution toward its costs in the matter.

A summary of the decision is available on the college's website.

Organizations: College of Physicians

Geographic location: Truro, Nova Scotia, Ontario

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