A doc suspended three months after the death of a patient

News 29 March, 2018
  • David Prince

    Thursday, 29 march 2018 23:44

    Thursday, 29 march 2018 23:44

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    ROUYN-NORANDA | A doctor of the Abitibi which has given her leave from the hospital to a patient, by telephone, a few hours before his death was suspended three months by the College of physicians.

    Dr. Alexandre Viau, Rouyn-Noranda, had pleaded guilty in January to not have ” adequately assessed the patient “. The College of physicians has endorsed Tuesday the suggestion common to suspend it for three months.

    Emanuelle Corbeil-Châtillon died on January 2, 2014 at the age of 27 years, after Dr. Viau was cancelled by phone a drainage that was planned the day before.

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    Emanuelle Corbeil-Châtillon


    An Abscess

    Ms. Corbeil-Châtillon had been effected on December 11, 2013 by Dr. Viau for appendicitis, but an abscess was subsequently developed.

    She presented to the emergency department, the 30th of December following, and he had confirmed an abscess. It had given him an appointment the next day for drainage. But it was canceled because the Dr. Viau and colleagues were not convinced that it was an abscess.

    On the 1st of January, Ms. Corbeil-Châtillon is presented again to the emergency department, where he was to have blood taken. The results were sent to Dr Viau.

    While she was waiting at the hospital, on the day of the Year, Dr. Viau has called Ms. Corbeil-Châtillon and decided to cancel again the drainage. He gave him his leave without even moving.

    Ms. Corbeil-Châtillon died 12 hours later, in the night of 1 to 2 January.

    Septic shock

    In his report, the coroner concluded that Ms. Corbeil-Châtillon died of septic shock, which can be treated with a simple drainage.

    The College of physicians had initiated an investigation after receiving the report of the coroner.

    The family and the spouse of the victim had engaged in, in 2016, a civil suit against Dr. Alexandre Viau for an amount of $ 700,000. The case was settled out of court.