The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest Report



Odim's view

Odim was questioned as to whether or not outcomes in the Caribou, Ulimaumi and the Goyal operations raised concerns for him about how the team was working. He was also asked why it appeared that he had taken on all cases that came his way, regardless of level of risk. Odim said that he had never felt pressured into performing operations. Furthermore, he had been confident-based on his initial meetings with the team members-that the team could provide acceptable care to the children. After experiencing a number of tragic outcomes, he said that he still did not sense any major difficulties. He did say that he was beginning to have questions about the way in which team issues were being addressed.

It was also becoming apparent that from day one nobody was really attending a lot of the team functions that were set up to build team spirit and community. The only real function that was attended was the cath conference before the cases in the week, so those things sort of were evolving in the first two months but I still felt and was still enthusiastic about making pediatric cardiac surgery work in Winnipeg. (Evidence, page 24,258)

Odim said that within a month and a half of his arrival, he started to make efforts to establish extra rounds because there "wasn't much of a team concept." (Evidence, page 24,273)



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Section 1 Chapter 1 - Introduction to the Issues
  Chapter 2 - Pediatric Cardiac Issues
  Chapter 3 - The Diagnosis of Pediatric Heart Defects and their Surgical Treatment
  Chapter 4 - The Health Sciences Centre
Section 2 Chapter 5 - Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in Winnipeg 1950-1993
  Chapter 6 - The Restart of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in 1994
January 1, 1994 to May 17, 1994
  Chapter 7 - The Slowdown
May 17 to September 1994
  Chapter 8 - Events Leading to the Suspension of the Program
September 7, 1994 to December 23, 1994
  Chapter 9 - 1995 - The Aftermath of the Shutdown
January to March, 1995
Section 3 Chapter 10 - Findings and Recommendations
Appendix 1 - Glossary of terms used in this report
Appendix 2 - Parties to the Proceedings and counsel
Appendix 3 - List of witnesses and dates of testimony
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