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posted by on Wednesday April 26 2017, @03:11PM   Printer-friendly
from the band-name-of-the-week dept.

An Alaska dentist, Seth Lookhart, is being prosecuted on 17 counts of fraud and "unlawful dental acts." It's one of these alleged dental acts — Count XI — that has moved me.

Court papers filed this week say in or around July 2016, Lookhart "performed a dental extraction procedure on a sedated patient while riding a hoverboard and filmed the procedure and distributed the film to persons outside his dental practice."

[...] What if his hoverboard skills weren't perfect? What if he'd slipped at the vital moment as his tools were gripped around the patient's teeth? Please forgive me if I also mention that hoverboards have been known to explode and catch fire.


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by urza9814 on Wednesday April 26 2017, @05:23PM (1 child)

    by urza9814 (3954) on Wednesday April 26 2017, @05:23PM (#500179) Journal

    Even if we totally ignore the negligence of operating a motor vehicle while operating, he's still guilty of HIPPA violations for spreading around videos of himself operating on sedated patients. I'm kinda shocked that all the comments here are 100% focused on the hoverboard angle and nobody has bothered to consider patient can't just do any random shit to a sedated patient without their consent then throw the videos up on YouTube for the whole damn world to see. I don't give a shit if he filmed a textbook example of a perfect extraction, it'd still be illegal. Although the hoverboard *does* provide some pretty solid evidence that there really wasn't any medical justification for his actions. He wasn't trying to improve his practice or provide a service to the patients, he was just violating their rights for a laugh. Revoke his license at a minimum; if he can't follow the most basic standards of professional ethics, he can go find a new profession.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 26 2017, @06:21PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 26 2017, @06:21PM (#500246)

    Hippa [].

    But don't worry, hippos are also involved in HIPAA compliance [].

    (Sorry, pet peeve.)