Washington state dental board charges dentist with unprofessional conduct after patient death

A Battle Ground, Wash.-based dentist has been charged with unprofessional conduct by the Washington State Department of Health's Dental Quality Assurance Commission due to a patient death, according to The Columbian.

Ellis Burke Jardine, DMD, is a prosthodontist and owner of Excel Dental. Commission officials say Dr. Jardine failed to report that a patient suffered cardiac arrest, was admitted to a hospital and later died after receiving care from him.

Health department officials also claim Dr. Jardine didn't report the patient's adverse reaction to anesthesia, cardiac arrest and hospitalization in the patient's record until months after the incident.

The 51-year-old patient visited Dr. Jardine in January 2018. Around 10 minutes after being administered anesthesia by a fellow dental anesthesiologist, the patient's blood pressure allegedly began to decrease. The patient went into cardiac arrest and was transported to PeaceHealth, where he later died.

Dr. Jardine didn't update the patients records with details of the cardiac arrest and hospitalization until February, according to the Dental Quality Assurance Commission.

Public records show Dr. Jardine still has an active license to practice. The dental anesthesiologist who also treated the patient has been restricted from administering anesthesia to patients with medically complex conditions, according to The Columbian.

Dr. Jardine did not respond to The Columbian's request for comment.

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