The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest Report



Post-operative care and anaesthesia

Odim's personal concerns about post-operative care and anaesthesia in many ways reflected his pre-existing concerns that there should be only one intensive care unit for open-heart pediatric patients and fewer anaesthetists involved in pediatric cardiac surgery.

Odim believed it was necessary to create a smaller, more concentrated team of anaesthetists. In his testimony, he spoke of the need to have anaesthetists who had one hundred per cent commitment to the program. At times he seemed to be speaking of time commitment and the need for anaesthetists to spend more time on pediatric cardiac cases and less time on other work. He also seemed to be implying that some of the anaesthetists were not taking responsibility for the program. His repeated references to the failure of the anaesthetists to respond to his attempts to have them attend post-operative and M & M Rounds suggest that he was of the view that they did not have a sense of ownership about the program.



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Previous Team meetings
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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