Running head: MILESTONE ONE 1 3-2 Final Project Milestone One: Malpractice Case Jessica K. Blevins Southern New Hampshire University
MILESTONE ONE 2 3-2 Final Project Milestone One: Malpractice Case The case of the Iturralde vs Hilo Medical Center began back in 2001 when an individual by the name of Arturo Iturralde was a patient at Hilo Medical Center. Mr. Iturralde was introduced to Dr. Ricketson, an orthopedic surgeon who performed surgery on Mr. Iturralde on 29 January 2001 which was followed by another procedure to correct what resulted from the first one on 5 February 2001. Upon discharge Mr. Iturralde would go on to need an additional two spinal revisions while rapidly declining. These complications led to the patient becoming bedridden, later passing away from difficulties of urosepsis 18 June 2003 (Caselaw.com, 2019). Stakeholders Defendants: Appellants Hilo Medical Center, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation or HILO, and the State of Hawaii (collectively, HMC). Medtronic Sofamor Danek, USA, and Robert Ricketson, MD (medical doctor). Plaintiff: Appellee Rosalinda Iturralde who is the sister to the patient Arturo Iturralde. She goes by Rosalinda (Caselaw.com, 2019). Background The patient, Arturo Iturralde was taken to the hospital back in January 2001 due to increasing weakness in his legs which lead to multiple falls. The patient was seen and assessed by one Dr. Ricketson, whom is an orthopedic surgeon with credentials allowing for practice at HMC. This MD’s assessment led to the diagnosis of L-4-L5 degenerative spondylolisthesis with the recommendation of treatment via spinal fusion surgery. This type of spinal fusion surgery involves an implementation of two rods forming a bilateral fixation if surgery goes correctly. The patient was scheduled for surgery on 29 January 2001, operation to be performed by Dr. Ricketson. To perform the procedure, Dr. Ricketson needed to place an order for the two M8 titanium CD kits form the company, Medtronic. The kits are supposed to contain any and all
MILESTONE ONE 3 tools, instruments, and fixtures needed to complete the operation ensuring a successful surgery. Dr. Ricketson placed the order. Two separate shipments arrived, one from Tulane, the other Memphis. Both were sterilized immediately and sent to the operating room. Prior to the sterilization and transporting to the operating room, no count of the continents was performed as it should have been to ensure everything was there. Dr. Ricketson, having prior knowledge that no inventory had been performed started the operation. Approximately 2 hours into the spinal fusion surgery, Dr. Ricketson had reached the point where part of the patient’s spine had been
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