Teen’s brain injury following wisdom tooth procedure at centre of disciplinary hearing

Allegations that dental surgeon provided deep sedation without approval and failed to recognise that the 18-year-old was in distress, delaying efforts to resuscitate her.

The incident in which the young woman went into cardiac arrest occurred in a Vancouver surgery. Dr. Bobby Rishiraj is also being accused of improperly administering anesthetics and monitoring sedated patients at the the disciplinary committee of the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C According to court documents, an ambulance attendant discovered a piece of gauze in the patient’s mouth that had been blocking her airway, but was not removed by Rishiraj or his staff. Jerome Marburg, CEO of the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C., said this week that he is confident no other patients are at risk now that Rishiraj has made changes to his practice. “We are deeply saddened by this case, and the tragic outcome for one of Dr. Rishiraj’s patients. Our thoughts and prayers remain with this young woman and her family,” Marburg said. Depending on the outcome of the disciplinary hearings, the college could have the power to reprimand Rishiraj, suspend his registration or bar him from practice. Rishiraj also faces a civil suit filed by the family of the young woman. According to the statement of claim, she will require care for the rest of her life. The suit asks for damages and payment for past and future health care. Read the full story.
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