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1 ITURRALDE V. HILO MEDICAL CENTER USA Anne Murtha Instructor: Beverly Duncan, R.N., MHSA, CPHQ IHP-450 Ethical & Legal Considerations 7.2 Final Project I: Malpractice Case Case Summary In this malpractice case Iturralde v. Hilo Medical Center USA , the plaintiff, Arturo Iturralde had sued Dr. Robert Ricketson and Hilo Medical Center due to the fact that the patient was exposed to several health risks while in their care and died as a result. The plaintiff’s sister Rosalinda Iturralde, represented her brother in this case, as well as the patient’s care giver. On March 30, 2012, The Intermediate Court of Appeals decided in favor of the plaintiff. The patient Arturo Iturralde needed spinal surgery, which was to be performed by Dr. Richetson at Hilo Medical Center. Hilo Medical Center ordered the hardware kit that usually contains all of the required instrumentation and tools from Medtronic. However, Medtronic did not have the required instrumentation portion of the kit in stock from their Memphis facility. To fix this issue Medtronic shipped out two separate orders from two separate facilities: one from their Memphis facility and the other shipment from their Tulane facility. Although both shipments were received on the same day the staff at HMC failed to complete an inventory of the required contents in the kit, which is a standard policy and procedure for HMC. Despite the fact that a nurse informed Dr. Ricketson that the inventory had not been completed yet, the doctor proceeded with the surgery. During the surgical procedure, it was discovered the required titanium implant rods were missing. HMC called their Medtronic sales representative who
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  • Fall '18
  • Ethics , Physician, Rosalinda Iturralde, Dr. Robert Ricketson, HILO MEDICAL CENTER USA

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