Updated posted by Mary McCade 8 days ago
The whole purpose of the Washington...
The whole purpose of the Washington State RDH legal defense fund is to provide financial support for the (HUGE) legal fees for those individuals who were charged (and those being investigated) by the Washington State Department of Health.
So as not to interfere with upcoming hearings, individuals have not been mentioned. However one of the hearings has been completed and is now on public record. (There has been no ruling yet)
On Hygienetown, an interactive healthcare community website, there is a posting regarding one of the hygienists that had been charged with practicing beyond the scope of practice. Below is the initial posting. In order to see and post comments you must be a member of Hygienetown. Membership is free. If you don't want to join but would like to see the comments, send me an email and I’ll send you a .pdf of all the comments posted so far.
This affects your future people!! Get involved.
From the Hygienetown Message Board:
Note: Should we be considering independent practice for dental hygienists?
State of Washington files case against hygienist Legal Forum
on 5/10/2013 9:38:45 PM Trisha O'Hehir posted...
Diane Thomas and I are in Washington State to support Judy Carroll (middle of the photo). I testified yesterday in the second day of the court hearing against Judy. The State of Washington wants to take her license away for four years and fine her $10,000. Here are the charges filed by the State of Washington:
In November 2012 the Dental Hygienist Program charged Judy C. Carroll (DH00004654) with unprofessional conduct. She allegedly provided treatment outside of her scope of practice, put patients at risk of harm by treating them with an unproven technique, and didn't schedule follow-up appointments after using the technique.
As many of you know, Judy developed RPE (Regenerative Periodontal Endoscopy). It's a three pronged approach to treating advanced periodontitis. First - Periostat is prescribed for two weeks prior to treatment to reduce inflammation and bleeding to allow better vision subgingivally for the Perioscope. Next, a one-day, 2 to 4 hour appointment using Perioscopy to completely debride subgingival root surfaces. The third step is clearing the root surfaces of blood and applying Emdogain. This antimicrobial enhances healing and stimulates collagen formation and pocket healing. Judy has 10 years of incredible results - not only in anterior, single rooted teeth, but also multi rooted molars deemed hopeless by the patient's dentist or referral periodontist.
The State of Washington claims the use of Emdogain is unnecessary. No harm to patients and also no risk, but they just think it's unnecessary. Wonder what they think about Actisite or Arestin or PerioChip. Dr. Roger Stambaugh testified against Judy for the State of Washington - claiming more than one appointment is needed. So --- four one-hour appointments or one four-hour appointment. What's the difference? Most of Judy's patients travel from around the country - they want it done in one day. Besides, it works!
Follow-up? All of her patients are seen for follow-up if they live in the area. If they live in another state, they are giving written instructions about what should be done at their follow-up visit and that regular follow-up visits are required to maintain health. The State thinks she shouldn't treat a person who doesn't come back for follow-up. The research shows that 33% of all perio patients don't follow maintenance recommendations! Somehow Judy is held to a higher standard and must make patients come back to Washington for follow-up. Actually, many do travel back to see her every three months.
The State of Washington also claims its unprofessional conduct to suggest that effective RPE could prevent surgery. It has in all the patients she's treated. But never mind. The State of Washington can't show even one case of a patient who was harmed by Judy or even one who complained about her treatment. They have absolutely no case. Yet the Secretary of Health for the State of Washington pushed this complaint filed by a periodontist in 2010.
Of course they also claim Judy diagnosed periodontal disease and made a treatment plan. Imagine that?! I testified that there is a difference between a dental diagnosis and a dental hygiene diagnosis and why would a hygienist need a license if they were going to wait for the dentist to tell them if the patient had disease or not and which instrument to use on which surface. Dr. Mike Rethman testified Wednesday for Judy - saying he would only want to hire a hygienist with a brain! Not someone who needed to be told what to do on every patient.
Judy has been undergoing chart review and interrogation by the State of Washington since this complaint was filed. There was a second complaint from someone whom Judy never saw, only exchanged emails with but never saw as a patient. Incredible that this would be considered a valid complaint.
Judy's employer, Dr. Gary Lewandowski was also subject to the complaint process, but that case was dismissed without an issue.
The attorney for the State tried to make a case that although Dr. L. was had received training in Perioscopy; he was not adequately trained in Perioscopy to "supervise" her.
It's hard to believe this is real -- it seems like a bad movie. Can you imagine - have your license taken away for four years and pay $10,000! This really sounds like a witch hunt and not the professional licensing division of the State of Washington.
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Updated posted by Mary McCade 16 days ago
There has been some "small steps"...
There has been some "small steps" made for Dental Hygienists!
Check it out on the Washington State RDH Legal Defense Fund site.
(click on "more" - on the right hand corner!)
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