The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest Report



Preparation of the NICU

In her testimony about the Terziski case, Debra Armitage, a senior NICU nurse, said she felt that there had not been sufficient pre-operative communication from Odim regarding Daniel's post-operative care. In his testimony, Dr. Heinz Reimer said that the NICU staff did not appear to fully appreciate the severity of Daniel's post-operative condition.

Despite that experience, before the operation in Erica's case, Odim did not give any special instructions to the NICU staff. He testified that:

[I]t was the same unit that was taking care of this patient before we went to the operating room. So the need to advise them of this patient was really moot. They had been managing the patient and we had discussions during that time interval. So, there was no extra preparation above and beyond the usual things that we talk about in terms of managing these kids. (Evidence, page 25,659)



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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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