The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest Report



Team meetings

Odim testified that following the establishment of the Wiseman Committee, he took a number of steps that were intended to improve communication. These involved establishing clinical rounds once a week and encouraging better attendance at M & M Rounds.

The clinical rounds were to be a weekly procedure for reviewing patients at the bedside. Odim said that, despite the efforts that he and Hancock had expended in trying to establish these rounds, it had not been possible to arrange a time that was convenient to all team members.

Odim also testified that other meetings that were poorly attended included the Morbidity and Mortality Rounds. He believed the Rounds presented an appropriate forum to review the cases that were being reviewed by the committee. He felt that, because team members were not attending team functions such as M & M Rounds, they did not fully grasp why certain children had died.

Odim said that rounds were poorly attended. He also testified that, since more members of the team felt that rounds did not provide an appropriate forum for critical discussion, he:

volunteered any other type of time frame or meeting that members would like specifically for that activity, the activity of criticism. They did not take me up on offers in the evening or on the weekends and I put the ball back in their court, come to me with a time that you think will be reasonable for this. I did not get any response. (Evidence, pages 26,383-26,384)

As a result, Odim testified, he had begun to develop concerns over the level of commitment of other team members to the program.



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Section 1 Chapter 1 - Introduction to the Issues
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  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
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