The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest Report



Pre-operative status

The night before surgery, Shalynn's condition remained stable. Her white blood count was elevated and she continued to receive antibiotics. She also continued to receive medication intended to open her ductus arteriosus. However, there is no evidence that the ductus reopened. Despite receiving sedatives, Shalynn was irritable on handling. At times, she had difficulty breathing, although her air entry remained clear and her oxygen saturation level high. Her extremities remained cool to the touch and her skin colour was pale and mottled. Odim noted that her kidney function was normal, with adequate urine output. She did not have any chemical imbalances.



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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
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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