ER Doctor Gets Suspended After Improper Treatment of Patient with Anxiety Attack

21 June, 2018, 03:59 | Author: Denise Dawson
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Beth Keegstra, an emergency room physician at El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, California, was suspended by hospital officials after a video where she was seen berating a patient complaining of an anxiety attack went viral on Facebook.

In an interview with SFGate, Donald Bardwell explained that his son has an existing history of anxiety attacks, for which he takes Klonopin, a sedative used by people who suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, and seizures.

Last Monday, Samuel Bardwell, aged 20, was right in the middle of his basketball practice when he suddenly suffered an anxiety attack.

Beth Keegstra, is awaiting her fate after the video was released, showing her doubting Samuel Bardwell's account of his symptoms after he had to be rushed to the ER by his father. "You have changed your story every fucking time", she told Bardwell toward the end of the clip. Then she turned to Samuel Bardwell and asks, "Are you dead, sir?". She said the young patient was the least ill of all the other people who were there, and that he could get up.

He said her "demeanor was unprofessional and not the standard we require of all who provide care through El Camino Hospital", according to the network. Therefore, she had been removed from the working schedule, and the hospital officials are now performing more investigations on the matter.

When Bardwell tried to explain why he didn't have his Klonopin, Keegstra told him he was fine.

In the video, Bardwell is heard telling the doctor that Samuel had vomited and "was going in an out of consciousness" during the episode. "And I said, 'What do you mean you people?' ..."

She begins to yank Mr Bardwell's arm in an attempt to make him sit up, prompting the student to reveal he is struggling to breathe. "That's why I started the video", he said, adding he held his cellphone at chest-level and was not trying to be surreptitious about videotaping the interaction.

The video was posted on Tuesday by Donald Bardwell.

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"You want us to wheel you to your house in a gurney?"

Dr. Keegstra, who was employed by Vituity and was under contract to the hospital, is no longer allowed to work at the El Camino hospital.

As they continued to argue about Bardwell's care, the doctor asked him whether he needed narcotics.

"We didn't know what the outcome of not taking the meds would be", said Bardwell's father, Donald.

Responds Keegstra in turn, 'He can't inhale!' "They just were not taking care of me from the beginning".

The family told ABC that he is considering legal action against the hospital.

On more than one occasion, the Los Gatos ER doc ordered Samuel to get off the consultation table despite the boy telling her that he was unable to walk.

"In my mind", he told the network, "I don't think she should be practicing medicine at all because if it's not a race thing and she treats everybody that way, then that's a problem".

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