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The question of an impaired surgeon dilemma.
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PMID:  23182487     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
You are the chief-of-surgery at a major urban medical center. Dr X is a 69-year-old vascular surgeon who has been a close friend for years. Dr X has had excellent clinical results throughout her career, but recent cases reviewed by the Deaths & Complications Conference suggest that her complication rate has risen. Also, during the last year, anecdotal reports from several sources have indicated her professional behavior occasionally is somewhat uneven. This Monday morning, a surgeon with a well-known long-standing dislike of Dr X came to your office, reporting indignantly that he detected the odor of alcohol when Dr X arrived for an emergency case last evening. How should this be handled?
James W Jones; Laurence B McCullough
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Editorial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of vascular surgery     Volume:  56     ISSN:  1097-6809     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Vasc. Surg.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8407742     Medline TA:  J Vasc Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1761-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
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