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A criminal case initiated on improper implementation of professional duties by medical personnel which negligently caused the 81 year-old man’s death

19.06.2015 19:20

A criminal case was initiated in the Investigative Division of Erebuni and Nubarashen administrative districts of Yerevan Investigative Department of RA Investigative Committee on improper implementation of professional duties by medical and support personnel which by negligence caused the 81 year-old man’s death.
 

On June 18, 2015 a call was received informing that on the base of a call the staff N 64 of ambulance service left for the area of “Erebuni” collage where an old man’s body was found.
 

Through investigation it was found that the dead man was RA citizen R. Khachatryan. Through postmortem examination numerous fragmentary fractures of the bones of the right part of his hip were found.   
 

On June 19 a criminal case was initiated in the Investigative Division of Erebuni and Nubarashen administrative districts of Yerevan Investigative Department according to the Point 14 of the Part 2 of the Article 112 of RA Criminal Code (infliction of willful bodily damage to health which negligently caused the man’s death).
 

Through preliminary investigation the circumstances of bodily damages sustained by R. Khachatryan were found. According to the obtained evidence the man sustained the damages in the result of falling down.
 

Thus, on January 18, 2015 at about 9:00 R. Khachatryan fell on the asphalted road at the parking lot near Yeghbayrutyun and Chekhov Streets of Yerevan and was taken to a medical center by an ambulance car.
 

According to the conclusion N 61/հձ of commission expertise received on 11.06.2015 while providing the man with medical assistance there was no failure by the personnel of ambulance, particularly by the doctor. “Fracture of the right hipbone’’ was diagnosed and a correct decision was made – the patient was taken to multiprofile hospital. However, he was not kept under dynamic control in the medical center.
 

Through investigation it was found that after being admitted to the department of “Emergency Care”, X-ray examination of R. Khachatryan’s hipbones was conducted during which the fractures of the hipbones were not discovered by the rontgenologist and the patient was released despite the fact that he could not walk and move alone.
 

According to the conclusion of commission expertise appointed in the framework of the criminal case, if the patient were in hospital, instrumental and laboratory examinations were conducted, it would be possible to find the fractures of hipbones and the hematoma in retroperitoneoscopic space.
 

X-ray pictures were deficient (it was conducted in compulsory condition of the patient’s position). From professional point of view, in this condition it is difficult to determine whether there is any fracture. In this case the traumatologist should have kept the patient under dynamic control and after confirming diagnose he would have sent him to stationery treatment.
 

That is, according to the experts’ conclusion, the patient, who could not walk and move alone, should have remained under control in the department of “Emergency Care”, double examinations should have been conducted.
 

In the result of not conducting the mentioned actions the fractures were not diagnosed, the patient’s state deteriorated which caused the patient’s death.
 

Through investigation it was also found that before his death R. Khachatryan had a ring and money with him which was not found later.
 

On the base of the evidence obtained through preliminary investigation, on June 17, 2015 a decision was made to suspend the proceeding of the criminal case initiated pursuant to the Point 14 of the Part 2 of the Article 112 of RA Criminal Code on the base of the absence of evidence.
 

A new criminal case was initiated according to the Part 2 of the Article 130 of RA Criminal Code (failure to implement or improper implementation of professional duties by medical and support personnel which by negligence caused the patient’s death) and according to the Part 1 of the Article 177 of RA Criminal Code (theft in significant amount).
 

Measures are taken to provide the comprehensive and complete examination of circumstances of the case.
 

Note; Everyone charged with alleged crime offence shall be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law.
 

The photo is from the archives of the Investigative Committee.

 


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