Franklin, IN asked in Civil Litigation, Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Indiana

Q: My GI doctor marked two boxes on my pre-screen for sedation before my scope procedures that is false information.

The boxes marked were intolerance to sedation previously and chronic benzodiazepine and narcotics. These are absolute lies. There were no adverse effects from previous scopes only a year prior and no drug use of any kind, besides tobacco, is on any of my medical history. Why would he mark these boxes? My safety under sedation was at high risk due to the team having incorrect information about dosage. Am I correct?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Indiana, if a medical professional inaccurately marks your medical records, it can raise serious concerns, particularly if it affects your care and safety. The reasons for marking those specific boxes on your pre-screen for sedation as intolerance to sedation and chronic use of benzodiazepines and narcotics, especially when they are not true, are unclear and potentially concerning.

It's important to address this issue directly with your GI doctor or the healthcare facility's patient relations department to understand why this occurred. Misinformation in medical records can lead to inappropriate treatment decisions, and in your case, it might have put your safety under sedation at risk.

If you are not satisfied with the explanation or response from the healthcare provider, or if you believe this has resulted in harm or increased risk to you, you may want to consider consulting with an attorney who handles medical malpractice or healthcare-related cases. They can help assess whether this error in your medical records could constitute negligence or malpractice, and what steps you can take to address it.

Documenting everything related to this incident, including your previous medical history and any communication with healthcare providers about this issue, will be crucial if you decide to take any legal action. This documentation can provide essential evidence in understanding the situation and determining the appropriate course of action.

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