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Hospital Cited in Surgeon’s Case

October 25, 2002

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BOSTON (AP) _ A state report released Thursday found that a hospital violated its own regulations and a patient’s rights in the case of a doctor who left a patient on an operating table to go to the bank.

Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge suspended Dr. David C. Arndt the day after he left for 35 minutes to deposit a check in the middle of a back operation. The state Board of Registration in Medicine suspended Arndt’s medical license about a month later.

The hospital ``acted 100 percent appropriately″ by suspending Arndt immediately after the July 10 incident, according to the report by the state’s health department.

But it should not have allowed Arndt to continue caring for the patient after the suspension, and should have immediately informed the patient of the incident and his right to have a new doctor.

The patient didn’t find out about the incident until weeks later.

A hospital spokesman issued a statement saying it had ``learned some lessons″ from the incident.

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