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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

Iowa doctor accused of sterilizing woman against her will

By Lynda Waddington | 07.20.09 | 11:24 am

A 64-year-old Iowa Falls physician has had formal disciplinary charges filed against him by the Iowa Board of Medicine.

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Dr. George H. Pfaltzgraff was charged on July 8 with performing a 2008 tubal ligation on a female patient without proper consent. According to the Iowa Board of Medicine, the woman told Pfaltzgraff that she did not want the procedure. There was no signed form of consent.

A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for Sept. 9.

Although the exact details aren’t available in the minutes of the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board, a Dr. George Pfaltzgraff was given an administrative warning in 2002.

Pfaltzgraff remains an active member of the staff at Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls, according to the Associated Press.

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Comments

  • Rinaldo

    It is rather unusual for a general surgeon in 2008 to perform a tubal ligation (as long as an OB-GYN physician is on the Staff of that Iowa Falls Hospital). The fact that the patient has indicated she told Dr. Pfalzgraff that she did not want the procedure is meaningless, if she cannot provide evidence for such a conversation (and the content of it).
    The minutes of a Regular Meeting of the Medical Examiners Board – as referenced by Lynda Waddington – are not available.
    If the patient was not scheduled for other surgery at that time but solely for a tubal ligation, then the hospital – thru their Anesthesiologist and the Operating Room Staff – will be in big trouble. An Admitting Nurse (in a location different from the Operating Room) is charged with a standard “pre-operative assessment”, which includes verification of a properly executed “Operative Permit”.
    The patient should never have been sent to the Operating room and certainly should not have been accepted by the Operating Room Staff.

    • Max_1

      Rinaldo,
      The lack of the existence of a “SIGNED CONSENT FORM” in the patent's file, supports her case. NO?

      • Rinaldo

        Both Max-1 and I need more info. One wonders how the patient ever got to be admitted to the hospital without proper paperwork ( the important “paper” here refers to a so-called History and Physical). The “History” will detail the reason for that particular hospital admission. In these litigious times the admitting physian should be expected to provide in the “History” adequate data as to the patient's understanding of the reason and risk of anesthesia as well as the planned operative procedure. Although I mentioned previously that the Admitting Nurse and the Operating Room Team have to check the Informed Consent thoroughly, it also should be pointed out that a “History and Physical” are expected as part of the Medical Record. My wife – while I am writing this comment – said:” What kind of a hospital was she in? Rinky-Dink General?”

  • Rinaldo

    Both Max-1 and I need more info. One wonders how the patient ever got to be admitted to the hospital without proper paperwork ( the important “paper” here refers to a so-called History and Physical). The “History” will detail the reason for that particular hospital admission. In these litigious times the admitting physian should be expected to provide in the “History” adequate data as to the patient's understanding of the reason and risk of anesthesia as well as the planned operative procedure. Although I mentioned previously that the Admitting Nurse and the Operating Room Team have to check the Informed Consent thoroughly, it also should be pointed out that a “History and Physical” are expected as part of the Medical Record. My wife – while I am writing this comment – said:” What kind of a hospital was she in? Rinky-Dink General?”

  • Rinaldo

    Both Max-1 and I need more info. One wonders how the patient ever got to be admitted to the hospital without proper paperwork ( the important “paper” here refers to a so-called History and Physical). The “History” will detail the reason for that particular hospital admission. In these litigious times the admitting physian should be expected to provide in the “History” adequate data as to the patient's understanding of the reason and risk of anesthesia as well as the planned operative procedure. Although I mentioned previously that the Admitting Nurse and the Operating Room Team have to check the Informed Consent thoroughly, it also should be pointed out that a “History and Physical” are expected as part of the Medical Record. My wife – while I am writing this comment – said:” What kind of a hospital was she in? Rinky-Dink General?”

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