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IHP 420 Describe the Case Worksheet Issue (What facts and circumstances brought these parties to court?) Who are the parties in this case: plaintiff and defendant? The plaintiff is Rosalinda Iturralde, the personal representative of Arturo Iturralde’s estate. The defendant is Hilo Medical Center, a non-profit health system in the state of Hawaii. What facts and circumstances brought these parties to court? The patient was admitted to the hospital after repeated falls and was diagnosed with degenerative spondylolisthesis L4-L5 with stenosis. The Dr. at HMC, Dr. Ricketson, was to preform the surgery. The staff at HMC ordered the kit to preform the surgery but at no time was the kit inventoried to ensure the proper items were available. Ultimately, Dr. Ricketson began surgery and about 2 hours into it the staff realized they were missing 2 rod that were needed and intended to be implanted into Mr. Iturralde. Dr. Ricketson decided to improvised and cut down a stainless steel screwdriver from

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