Case: The late comedienne Joan Rivers died a week after undergoing an upper endoscopy at a New York clinic. Among the complaints filed in the lawsuit was the presence of Rivers’ personal doctor, Gwen Korovin, an ENT specialist. Korovin performed a transnasal laryngoscopy on Rivers without her express consent and without the appropriate clearance, according to news reports.
The doctors at the endoscopy clinic likewise failed to recognize Rivers' declining vital signs and were relatively slow in calling for emergency help via 911, the suit claimed. One doctor allegedly took a "selfie" snapshot with Joan Rivers while she was sedated.
Take-home Lessons: According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the clinic failed to keep proper medication records, neglected to get informed consent for every procedure performed and failed to record Rivers' weight before giving her sedating medication, the Associated Press reported. One doctor also egregiously snapped a selfie. More to come on this case.
NEW YORK (AP) — While Joan Rivers lay sedated in a Manhattan clinic, her doctors performed unauthorized medical procedures, snapped a selfie with the comedian and failed to act as her vital signs deteriorated, according to a malpractice lawsuit filed Monday by her daughter, Melissa.
The 81-year-old comedian and star of “Fashion Police” on E! died Sept. 4, days after she went in for a routine endoscopy at Yorkville Endoscopy on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and stopped breathing.
The lawsuit filed in Manhattan State Supreme Court paints a picture…