Exeter Hospital doctor agrees to reprimand in patient death

An Exeter Hospital physician has agreed to an official reprimand from state medical authorities after an emergency-room patient he examined died from complications related to an infected kidney stone.

Dr. Craig MacLean, a doctor of 14 years in New Hampshire, acknowledged that the state Board of Medicine could determine he engaged in professional misconduct if the case went to a hearing.

An eight-page settlement agreement paints the picture of a physician who did not make a complete review of triage notes, which detail the initial nurse interviews with a patient.

And he lumped inquiries about multiple symptoms into a single question.

For example, MacLean said he was unaware that the patient — a 67-year-old woman — had a fever of 101.5 degrees the previous day. The patient had reported the fever to the emergency-room nurse.

“(MacLean) explained that he did not recognize the need to scroll down on the computer screen to view the portion of the triage note referencing the fever,” the settlement agreement reads. READ MORE>>>