Doc disciplined after discharge of man who died

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An East Greenwich doctor is on probation after the Rhode Island Department of Health determined he committed malpractice in 2009 by not treating more vigorously a patient who died days later.

A consent order released Monday says Dr. Joseph Turner "overlooked important clinical findings" when a 56-year-old patient visited the emergency room at Fatima Hospital in March 2009 complaining of severe pain following gallbladder removal surgery. The patient was discharged and died three days later.

The order says Turner, the ER attending physician, and the patient's surgeon should have ordered an abdominal CT scan, done more vigorous treatment and admitted him to the hospital.

A message was left for Turner. It wasn't clear whether any action has been taken against the surgeon. A health department spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message.

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