Med Board Fines Anesthesiologist After Patient Death, Revokes Two Licenses

A Trumbull anesthesiologist who mistakenly administered a fatal dose of Lidocaine to a patient during surgery in May 2013 was reprimanded and fined $7,500 Tuesday by the state Medical Examining Board. Dr. Sandra Congdon made the mistake while the patient was undergoing surgery at the Surgery Center of Fairfield County in Trumbull, state Department of Public Health records show. When the patient’s blood pressure dropped during the procedure, Congdon inadvertently administered the anesthetic Lidocaine instead of Hespan, which is used to expand blood plasma when a patient goes into shock, records show. The patient showed no pulse and received cardiac life support before being transferred to the emergency department at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, DPH records show.

Medical Board Fines Psychiatrist, Suspends Doctor’s License For 20 Years

The state Medical Examining Board on Tuesday fined a Milford psychiatrist $15,000 for sending personal texts to a patient and suspended a Watertown doctor’s medical license for 20 years for violating her probation. In addition to the fine, the psychiatrist, Dr. Ljudmil Kljusev, was reprimanded for inviting the female patient in 2007 to meet him at a restaurant, for sending her personal texts and for calling her “Sweety,” state records show. The board considered the behavior a violation of professional boundaries. The same patient claimed that Kljusev also made sexual advances to her, but the medical board dismissed that portion of the complaint as unfounded, Diane Wilan, a state Department of Public Health lawyer, said Tuesday. DPH had also investigated a complaint from another of Kljusev’s patients who said that in 2009, she went to see him at 7:30 p.m. and found his office filled with lit candles, and that he was holding a beer in one hand and then lit a cigar, records show.

Doctor’s License Revoked, Others Fined

The state Medical Examining Board on Tuesday fined an East Lyme doctor $2,000 for lapses in care during cosmetic surgery and revoked the medical license of a Massachusetts psychiatrist who officials said had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a patient. Dr. Jeffrey Lane, a gynecologist who performed liposuction and laser treatments at a clinic in East Lyme, was also placed on probation for a year. State investigators found that he did not properly instruct his staff in how to sterilize equipment prior to 2011 and allowed an unlicensed employee – his wife – to perform laser procedures, records show. State officials also found that Lane had prescribed drugs to relatives or employees in 2009, 2010 and 2011 without maintaining proper records, reports show. David Tilles, a staff attorney for the state Department of Public Health, said Lane has already paid a $5,000 fine to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for the prescription violations.