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2002: Duletsky issued letter of admonition

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY – The current lawsuit against Dr. Patricia Duletsky is not the first complaint she’s faced.The Colorado State Board of Medical Examiners issued Duletsky a letter of admonition in July 2002.The letter came after the death of a baby girl in July 1997 and the death of another infant during childbirth in January 2000.A baby girl was rushed to the emergency room in 1997 and Duletsky failed to quickly diagnose and treat air in the space surrounding the baby’s lungs, according to a report in The Denver Post.The letter states that in 2000, a 26-year-old patient was 38 weeks pregnant when she went to Summit Medical Center for evaluation after she noticed amniotic fluid was leaking with irregular contractions.Duletsky used a vacuum-assisted delivery about 10 hours after the woman went into labor.Seventy-five minutes elapsed between the initial phase of vacuum-assistance to ultimate delivery, which the panel found to exceed the generally accepted standards of 30 minutes.The panel also found Duletsky did not discuss the potential risks, benefits or alternatives to operative intervention during delivery.It also found Duletsky’s care and treatment fell below the generally accepted standards of medical practice and constitutes unprofessional practice, but did not suspend Duletsky’s license.In the letter, the panel said it decided “not to commence with formal proceedings against your license to practice medicine,” but rather, “administer disciplinary action” in the form of the letter.Susanna Martens and her baby girl died on March 14, 2000, and are the subject of a lawsuit that went to trial Monday in Summit District Court.


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