From the Las Vegas Review Journal:www.lvrj.com/news/letter-says-doctor-takes-responsibility-in-reused-needle-case-119031459.html#blogcomments?submitted=y
I issued the following reply to the RJ:
"We are starting to see an underlying problem in how medical devices are being used and reused. I am beginning to believe that cost of once use devices are not the issue ~ education is. We should have every doctor in the business, and I mean well beyond the urological community, be put on notice that it's their responsibility to be properly educated on the equipment they use. Accountability should lie where the patient trust is ultimately lost..."
I am beginning to believe that we trust too many basic things to our doctors. The factory rep for CivCo has admitted telling Dr. Kaplan that he could reuse these needle guides. But still, if it doesn't make sense they should ask to speak to whomever to confirm it. The bigger picture is scary. And this goes way beyond urology. I am happy that the new doctor has come forth on his own. That is a very stand up thing to do. And now Kaplan is not looking like the monster he has been portrayed as in the press. But ultimatelt
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
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Da Vinci Surgery ~ 2/16/2007
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.