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  • Few doctors disciplined for care issues or negligence, analysis shows
    Source: Tulsa World (Sunday July 14, 2013)

    “Since Jan. 1, 2011, the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision has taken 196 disciplinary actions against doctors, a Tulsa World analysis of board data shows. Of those, only seven actions involved quality of care, negligence or incompetence by the doctor, records show. “

  • Tulsa doctor's disciplinary history comes to light after woman dies under his care
    Source: Tulsa World (Sunday June 23, 2013)

    Finding her mother naked, blood running from her mouth, in the fetal position, Diane Lopp investigated and was horrified to find her mother’s doctor had a long history of bad medical care. The doctor, Kenneth Kirk, also has a long history of drug addiction and other addictions he does not seem able to control. Yet, the Oklahoma medical board had found it justifiable to reinstate the doctor’s license which ultimately led to the unconscionable treatment of Diane Lopp’s mother and other victims of the doctor.

  • Complaints against Oklahoma doctors increase with new online form
    Source: News OK (Sunday June 23, 2013)

    A new online tool designed to help people lodge complaints against medical doctors and other health care professionals is working, an official said during a recent Oklahoma Medical Board meeting.

  • Oklahoma's Dental Law Lacking Enforcement Clout
    Source: News9 (Sunday April 7, 2013)

    Following allegations that a Tulsa-area oral surgeon potentially exposed at least 7,000 patients to hepatitis or the virus that causes AIDS – the head of the Oklahoma Dentistry Board says the agency has just three inspectors to watch over the state’s 2,200 dentists.

  • Oklahoma caregivers fight patient wounds
    Source: NewsOK (Monday December 14, 2009)

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimate 7 percent of the state’s nursing home residents developed bed sores from 2007 to 2008. During the same time period, the state had the third-highest ranking for pressure ulcers in the country.

  • Oklahomans' fecal transplant aims to kill colon superbug (C-Difficile)
    Source: NewsOK (Thursday July 23, 2009)

    Some Oklahoma patients are opting for an admittedly gross procedure to kill superbugs living in their colons.

  • Some Oklahoma hospitals need work, study finds; Infection prevention rated

    Some Oklahoma hospitals aren’t doing enough to prevent surgery patients from developing infections, according to a report released by Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine.