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RUNNING HEAD: ITURRALDE v. HILO MEDICAL CENTER USA 1 Melissa DeLeon ITURRALDE v. HILO MEDICAL CENTER USA Ethical and Legal Considerations January 26, 2019
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Running Head: ITURRALDE v. HILO MEDICAL CENTER USA 2 ITURRALDE v. HILO MEDICAL CENTER USA Summarize the case, including information on the stakeholders involved, the problem, and the time period the incident occurred Dr. Ricketson, defendant, examined the plaintiff, Iturralde on January 24, 2001 and diagnosed him with degenerative spondylolisthesis L4–5 with stenosis requiring spinal fusion surgery that would relieve pressure on the nerves. The doctor had inquired about supplies needed for the surgery from Medtronics, which he received three days later, a M8 Titanium CD Horizon Kit, which was sterilized and sent into the OR, the kit was never inventoried and nurse Vicky Barry notified the surgeon that it had not been inventoried despite policy and the surgeon decided to go ahead with the surgery. The surgeon went ahead and removed vertebrae in preparation for the insertion of titanium rods that were meant for human installation, at that time the rods were absent from the kit, after a search for equipment inside the hospital they then contacted Eric Hanson who was a representative from Medtronic who said he would personally deliver the rods, it would take about ninety minutes. The surgeon did not feel as if it was in the best interest of the patient to wait that long, so the surgeon proceeded to make shift rods out of a screw driver shaft that was in the kit and installed it into the patient. The screw driver shaft was not intended for human installation. Postoperatively the surgeon did not inform the patient of the complication and the screw driver shaft that was implanted instead of the intended rods. The patient had a language barrier, which is significant to the case. The patient was to start physical therapy and to start walking, where he sustained several falls, shattering the screw driver shaft. The patient underwent surgery on February 5, 2001 where the proper titanium rods were installed.
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  • Spring '16
  • osborn
  • Physician, Medical malpractice, HILO MEDICAL CENTER USA

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