The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest Report



The July 13 Wiseman Committee meeting

On July 13, 1994, Giddins chaired a meeting of the committee, which was attended by Maas, Odim, McNeill and Youngson. The case of JM (outlined in the previous chapter) was discussed that day. It involved a successful Fontan operation that was carried out on a three-and-a-half year old boy. The key issue in the operation was the anaesthetist's decision to insert a line into the right internal jugular vein. Anaesthetists regarded such lines as being of considerable importance in monitoring their patients. However, in this patient, Odim had had the line relocated because he was worried that such lines could lead to a narrowing of the vein. This was a particular problem in patients undergoing Fontan-type procedures, since the veins might be needed undamaged for future surgery. As a result, the anaesthetists agreed not to place internal jugular lines into patients undergoing Fontan-type procedures. (Exhibit 20, Document 278 E)



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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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