Anesthesiologist accused of negligence during spine procedure


A lawsuit filed against Morgantown. W.Va.-based J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital accuses an anesthesiologist of negligence during a 2021 spinal surgery, The Dominion Post reported Oct. 3. 

On Oct. 8, 2021, David Gentry underwent a spinal procedure requiring anesthesia. He allegedly suffered severe skin-tear injuries to his shoulder, arms and elbow after hospital staff failed to note his adhesive allergy. 

According to the report, it was noted by staff prior to surgery that Mr. Gentry was on blood thinners and had an adhesive allergy, but tape was still used during the procedure. Andrew Criser, MD, and Rachel Dada, MD, the attending anesthesiologist and anesthesia resident, respectively, allegedly failed to carefully inspect the patient’s skin prior to and throughout the anesthesia delivery. 

The suit also alleges his medical records did not document the complications. 

Mr. Gentry is seeking relief for medical bills, physical injuries, psychological injuries, emotional distress and other damages.

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