EAST LYME, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – A doctor has his license suspended after it was found that one of his elderly patients suffered from maggot-infested wounds.
Dr. William Beason, who works out of the Charter Oak Walk-In Medical Center, was subject to investigation after the 2009 death of the 92-year-old woman.
The ordeal was investigated by the state’s Department of Public Health, who chronicled their findings in documents they provided to CBS Connecticut.
Beason had been visiting the patient every six months. His last visit took place in June 2009, during which he consulted with the patient’s daughter about how to provide care and comfort for her ailing mother.
Though he reportedly recommended in-home hospice care for the patient during the visit, he allegedly called the next day to tell the patient’s daughter that such a measure would not be necessary.
It wasn’t until emergency medical services arrived days after Beason’s visit to move the patient into a bed that the severity of her condition was discovered.
“EMS personnel noted maggots in the patient’s neck wound and dried body fluids in her chair,” the document states, adding that the patient was then immediately taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in London.
There, she was treated for a urinary tract infection, severe protein malnutrition, dehydration and other maladies.
Beason originally visited the patient on June 4, 2009. On June 19, she was declared dead due to respiratory failure caused by sepsis and pneumonia.
The police were contacted about her condition, which prompted an investigation into Beason’s methodologies.
According to the documents provided, Beason claims it was difficult to examine the patient, due to her positioning and the difficulty reportedly inherent in trying to move her.
“His plan was to re-examine the patient when she was in a hospital bed and he could examine her without causing her discomfort,” Beason is documented as saying through his lawyer. “His examination was incomplete and therefore did not feel he was in a position to admit the patient.”
In regards to the lack of documentation, however, Beason reportedly had no defense.
“He concedes that his records regarding his most recent home visits are not complete,” the document reads.
His suspension is based on his failure to both properly assess the patient’s condition and thoroughly document his findings for medical records.
Beason will now have to attend — and successfully finish — courses about geriatric risk assessment and documentation standards. Upon satisfactory completion of the course work in the eyes of the Department of Public Health, the probation will be lifted.