Coroner finds Melbourne mother died while taking test she didn’t need – .

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Coroner finds Melbourne mother died while taking test she didn’t need – .


Victorian Coroner Simon McGregor has delivered his findings on the death of Ms Peta Hickey.

The result is very critical of companies that refer their employees for and useless medical tests as part of Oprofessional Health and safety policies.

Mrs. Hickey passed away after agreeing to participate in a medical assessment programlate at heart health despite no history of heart disease. She was contacted as part of a randomized program organized for executives and attended the FMIG radiology clinic on May 1, 2019. She left behind her husband, Richard Hickey Jr, and their two young children.

HHer husband recalled that Ms Hickey did not want to undergo the voluntary test promoted by her employer. Ms Hickey canceled her reservation at least once before finally attending.

The test was a combination CT coronary angiography and a calcium score of the coronary artery performed in the same session, with Dr. Gavin Tseng acting as the clinic’s radiologist. During the test performed by Lesley Gilbert and Tuan-Anh NguyenMs. Hickey was injected with 75 ml of Omnipaque 350 contrast dye which caused an allergic reaction.

An ambulance transported Ms Hickey to the intensive care unit at Royal Melbourne Hospital, but unfortunately Ms Hickey did not regain consciousness and died on May 9, 2019. Her death was found to be the result of a malfunction multisystem organism and hypoxic / ischemic encephalopathy associated with anaphylactic reaction to contrast dye.

There was no evidence to suggest that there had ever been anything wrong with his heart.

In short, it was found who died as a result of “Sub-standard clinical judgment of physicians at the start and end of this program, combined with a misalignment of incentives between the different entities that facilitated this process”.

Representatives for Ms Hickey’s family called for an investigation on April 3, 2020, the result of which revealed a medical industry “putting profits before patients.”

Ms Hickey was the Managing Director of Operations (Direct Care) at Programmed Skilled Workforce Limited in Melbourne. Pprogram hired Priority Care Health Solutions to coordinate a “Heart Health Medical Assessment Program” for its senior staff. This led to the involvement of Jobfit and Dr Doumit Saad, whose name appears on Ms Hickey’s referral.

The report states that Dr Saad was paid $ 6,000 per month by MRI Now between January 2018 and August 2019 for start-up related services within MRI Now g.group. Previously, Dr. Saad had helped expand the medical image reservation industry by promoting testing services to employees.

Scheduled invited Mrs. Hickey to join the Heart Health Assessment Program through MRI Now. Ms Hickey attended the test, which is not under Medicare, and he would have been advised against consulting a doctor before participating.

Ms. Hickey’s employer (Program) decided to promote invasive heart scans after tthe PDG de its Maintenance Division Mr. Glenn Thompson suffered and survived cardiac arrest in May 2018.

Mr. Chris Sutherland, Managing Director and CEO of Programd, called for occupational health and safety “Determine the best medical checks” for their managers, in particular “The best private medical assessment program for heart health”.

The inquest found that Mr Sutherland had a personal opinion that doctors “refused to do heart checks for asymptomatic people because Medicare would not cover it, and this was due to “Cost to the system”. ‘ It was further argued by the investigation that Mr Sutherland did not seek to confirm his impression, but rather jumped into his (well-meaning) efforts to schedule private fund health checks for their staff.

Programd decided to take an interest in the private health issues of her employees, which directly led Ms Hickey to undergo unnecessary testing for a condition she had no control over.and unfortunately resulted in his death.

The question then becomes, did Mrs. Hickey give him informed consent before participating in the tests encouraged by his employer?

Ms Hickey’s employer did not organize a pre-test assessment to determine if she was a suitable candidate for the proposed test. The investigation found that an initial assessment was initially to be included, but was withdrawn by Programd, Priority and MRI Now to the knowledge of Dr Saad.

While Ms Hickey signed a consent form, her husband remembers verbal pressure from the company to participate in the program.

« While Peta [Ms Hickey] certainly completed the questionnaire which included a signed declaration of consent, the absence of a clearly designated consent form and the failure of the FMIG procedures when an invalid referral is received, meant that Peta did not give her full consent. knowledge of the CT scan and did not know the true nature of the procedure and the possible alternative routes she was facing at the moment. ” – You report the coroner.

The pre-scan verbal consultation also revealed that Ms Hickey may have filled out the form incorrectly because, although she said she had used the dye before, her recollections did not match the expected answers. Despite this irregularity, the analysis continued.

« Despite the fact that she [Ms Hickey] the clinical presentation never indicated such a need, Programd had designed, organized and paid for Peta to come to the FMIG Radiology Clinic in Moonee Ponds on May 1, 2019 for her CT scan.«

Ms Hickey’s tragic death is not an isolated incident, but rather part of a trend in Australian businesses to allow Oprofessional Health and safety to go beyond creating safe workplaces and extend to the private health of an employee. As an authority figure, is it fair for employers to make private health suggestions?

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