State report: Psychiatrist Alexander Horwitz neglected bleeding patient

October 8, 2010

On our around September 2010, psychiatrist Alexander Horwitz was removed from on-call duties at Oregon State Hospital and placed under “strict supervision” following a state investigation report released September 23rd regarding Horwitz’s neglect of a patient who was experiencing excessive bleeding. 

Horwitz was the on-call physician on the evening of May 26, 2010 when he failed to examine the patient despite having visited her ward. 

He failed to expedite the patient’s transport to an emergency room, “which should have been a high priority for him,” the report states. 

Investigators determined that nurses on the ward may have saved the patient’s life by arranging her ambulance transport to Salem Hospital, where she underwent surgery for the bleeding. 

The human resources department of Oregon State Hospital is conducting its own investigation into the matter as well.

Source: Alan Gustafson, “Oregon State Hospital doctor disciplined for neglect,” Statesman-Journal, September 24, 2010.


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