Florida – Obstetrics – Excessive And Unindicated Antepartum Testing Performed Over the Course Of A Pregnancy

Between May 2011 and December 2011, an obstetrician provided obstetric services to a 16-year-old female and followed the course of her pregnancy.

The patient had an estimated delivery date of 12/1/2011 and ultimately delivered her baby on 12/1/2011.

On 5/5/2011 and 5/19/2011, the obstetrician performed first-trimester ultrasounds on the patient to monitor the patient’s fetus.

On 6/17/2011, the obstetrician performed a second-trimester ultrasound on the patient to monitor the patient’s fetus.

On 10/11/2011, the obstetrician performed a third-trimester ultrasound on the patient to monitor the patient’s fetus.  The patient’s fetus was in the 29th percentile for growth, which was normal.

On 10/20/2011, the obstetrician performed a third-trimester ultrasound on the patient to monitor the patient’s fetus.  The patient’s fetus was in the 44th percentile for growth, which was normal.

There was no indication for the third-trimester ultrasound that the obstetrician performed on the patient on 10/20/2011.

On 10/28/2011, the obstetrician performed a biophysical profile with ultrasound on the patient and her fetus in order to monitor the patient’s fetus.

The indications documented for the biophysical profile with ultrasound that the obstetrician performed for the patient and her fetus on 10/28/2011 were intrauterine growth restriction and “size less than dates.”  Both intrauterine growth restriction and “size less than dates” were ruled out by the ultrasound conducted on 10/11/2011 and 10/20/2011.

There was no indication for the biophysical profile with ultrasound that the obstetrician performed on the patient and her fetus on 10/28/2011.

On 11/4/2011, the obstetrician performed a biophysical profile with ultrasound on the patient and her fetus in order to monitor the patient’s fetus.  The indications documented for the biophysical profile with ultrasound that the obstetrician performed on the patient and her fetus on were intrauterine growth restriction and “size less than dates.”

Both intrauterine growth restriction and “size less than dates” were ruled out by the ultrasound conducted on 10/11/2011 and 10/20/2011, and the biophysical profile performed on 10/28/2011.

There was no indication for the biophysical profile with ultrasound that the obstetrician performed on the patient and her fetus on 11/4/2011.

On 11/11/2011, the obstetrician performed a third-trimester ultrasound on the patient to monitor the patient’s fetus.  The patient’s fetus was in the 34th percentile for growth, which was normal.  There was no indication for the third-trimester ultrasound the obstetrician performed on the patient on 11/11/2011.

On 11/18/2011, the obstetrician performed a third-trimester ultrasound on the patient to monitor the patient’s fetus.  The patient’s fetus was in the 68th percentile for growth, which was normal.  There was no indication for the third-trimester ultrasound that the obstetrician performed.

The standard of care required that the obstetrician adequately manage the patient’s pregnancy through the use of only indicated antepartum testing and to refrain from performing excessive and unindicated antepartum testing.

It was requested that the Board order one or more of the following penalties for the internist: permanent revocation or suspension of his license, restriction of practice, imposition of an administrative fine, issuance of a reprimand, probation, corrective action, payment of fees, remedial education, and/or any other relief that the Board deemed appropriate.

State: Florida


Date: October 2017


Specialty: Obstetrics


Symptom: N/A


Diagnosis: N/A


Medical Error: Unnecessary or excessive diagnostic tests


Significant Outcome: N/A


Case Rating: 1


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