Performance and Professional Standards panel
Jurisdiction: Western Australia
Date of Hearing: 2 April 2013
Date of Decision: 2 April 2013
Clinical Care: Inadequate or inappropriate treatment
Health Record: inadequate or inaccurate or misleading
It was alleged that a medical practitioner had behaved in a way that constitutes unsatisfactory professional performance under section 191(1)(b)(i) of the National Law in that they:
The panel found that the practitioner had no case to answer.
The adverse outcome appears to have arisen as a result of cryotherapy treatment being applied to a large cluster of warts, not due to the application of an excessive amount of liquid nitrogen.
On the basis of the expert evidence obtained, it does not appear that the de-roofing of blisters is absolutely contraindicated, despite most practitioners agreeing that it is not best practice to do so.
The panel did not make a finding about the practitioner’s clinical notes on the basis that the practitioner has taken steps to improve the quality of their record keeping.
The panel decided to take no further action in relation to the matter.