Wednesday, 23 October 2019 08:53

Dentist banned after patient died when he pulled out ten of her teeth

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A dentist has been struck off after one of his patients bled to death hours after he finished pulling out ten of her teeth.

Tushar Patel has been banned from working for a year after being found unfit to practice following a "catalogue of errors", a report said.

'Patient A' had advanced gum disease and experienced dentist Patel removed all of her top teeth during two appointments, within a week, it was heard.

The female patient told him she was taking blood-thinning medicine Warfarin for a rare blood that causes clotting.

Hours after her final appointment she went to A&E for bleeding, and died in hospital after collapsing at home with "bleeding from her mouth", a report said.

The General Dental Council was informed and a hearing professional conduct hearing last week ruled his fitness to practice was impaired.

The GDC panel heard Panel failed to discuss with her the complex needs and increased risk of bleeding because she was taking Warfarin.

It ruled he failed to “weigh up the risks” of his treatment and ignored guidance “well-known to dentists”.

The GDC heard he didn't carry out checks in line with industry-standard guidelines to assess the patient’s risk of post-operative bleeding, or dress her wounds properly.

The report, published on Tuesday, said: “The committee has found you failed to adequately discuss or adequately record any discussions, with Patient A regarding her complex medical history.

“This was in spite of the fact Patient A had provided you with a full medical history questionnaire before you embarked on any treatment.

“The committee has determined that your fitness to practice is currently impaired by reason of your misconduct.”

The GDC panel heard how Mr Panel failed to discuss with her the complex needs and increased risk of bleeding.

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