The management and care at VA hospitals have increasingly been the center of many news stories and medical malpractice cases in the last several years. Despite scrutiny and regulations to ensure standard of care, hospital negligence still occurs at VA hospitals. A Wisconsin VA hospital has recently become the center of a negligence claim and possible medical malpractice by one of its employed dentists.
It has been discovered that for a period of a year a VA dentist did not adhere to policy regarding dental equipment. The VA requires its dentists to use sterile disposable equipment, but instead, per his preference, he used his own equipment, cleaned it and reused it. It has been reported that the dentist demonstrated his awareness of the policy by his proper use of the VA's disposable equipment during his orientation. A substitute dental assistant was the whistle blower of the dentist's disregard for the VA's regulations.