MIAMI HERALD – A Tampa urologist marked a patient’s right testicle for removal of enlarged veins.
But the procedure was supposed to be done on the left.
Dr. Raul Fernandez-Crespo has been fined $2,500 by the State of Florida Board of Medicine.
The complaint says, “Prior to the procedure, while in conversation with Patient C.F., [the doctor] marked the right testicle (the incorrect testicle) for the procedure.”
And, Dr. Fernandez-Crespo, following his erroneous mark, did a varicocelectomy on the right testicle.
“During the procedure, [the doctor] realized that Patient C.F. had consented to a left testicle varicocelectomy,” the complaint said. “[The doctor] then performed a left testicle varicocelectomy.”
Dr. Fernandez-Crespo must:
– pay $2,045 reimbursement of Department of Health costs in dealing with this case;
– either take a five-hour continuing medical education course in risk management or sit through eight hours of Board of Medicine disciplinary hearings;
– and give a one-hour lecture on wrong-site surgeries … Click here to read more.