A Phoenix-area physician was found guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday, July 15th, after having three patients die during procedures in his clinic. The physician, Dr. Peter Normann, was an emergency-room physician, certified as an internist, and had never done a residency in plastic surgery or anesthesiology. He maintained he was qualified to perform liposuction because he had taken a six-day course and had done “hands-on” training in breast augmentation. The details of the case are shocking:
- The operating room lacked oxygen or monitoring devices
- The operating room did not have anesthesiologists
- The operating room did not have nurses, relying on a massage therapist and a former restaurant worker with little or no training as medical technicians.
- At least two of the patients died of lethal doses of improperly administered medications.
- The physician had no training in fat grafting. One of the patients had fat injected into a vein, which carried it to her lungs and caused her death.
Board-certification in plastic surgery ensures that your physician is fully trained and meets the high standards established by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Although other physicians and clinics may offer cosmetic surgery services at a cheaper price, often times the physicians performing the procedures lack basic training and experience, and perform the procedures in an enviroment fraught with danger, as in this case. Safety must always be the highest priority, and that includes appropriate monitoring, appropriate medication and oxygen, and fully trained doctors and nurses caring for each patient.
To learn more about liposuction and other cosmetic procedures, call Dr. Jejurikar’s office at 214-827-2814. To learn more about this horrific case, read more at: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/07/15/20110715phoenix-area-doctor-guilty-liposuction-deaths-brk15-ON.html#ixzz1SNEYhA2h