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Malpractice Case 3-2 FINAL PROJECT MILESTONE ONE
Case Summary In the case study Surgery: Iturralde v. Hilo Medical Center USA, the plaintiff is Rosalinda Iturralde, Artuo Iturralde’s sister. The defendant is Hilo Medical Center (HCM). Mr. Iturralde was a patient of Dr. Robert Ricketson’s, a physician at HCM, who passed away from negligent practices performed in his care by Dr. Ricketson. On January 24, 2001 Mr. Iturralde went to HCM seeking medical care for the weakness he was feeling in his legs that caused him to experience many falls (Iturralde V. Hilo Med. Ctr ., 2012). Dr. Ricketson, an orthopedic surgeon, examined Mr. Iturralde and diagnosed him with degenerative spondylolisthesis L4-5 with stenosis. Degenerative spondylolisthesis is a condition that applies pressure on your nerves (Iturralde V. Hilo Med. Ctr ., 2012). Dr. Ricketson suggested that Mr. Iturralde have spinal fusion surgery on January 29, 2001. A kit was ordered that should have contained two rods that would be implanted into Mr. Iturralde’s spine to help form bilateral fixation, the kit arrived on January 27, 2001 but was not inspected by OR staff upon arrival. It wasn’t until the day of surgery, in the middle of surgery, that the OR staff realized the rods were missing from the kit. A search for the rods was performed and the company the kit was ordered from (Medtronic) was contacted. Medtronic could not confirm if the rods were placed in the kit to begin with so they offered to personally drive the rods to the hospital, it would take roughly 90 minutes. Dr. Ricketson informed them that would take too long, that Mr. Iturralde had been under general anesthesia for too long already. Instead of the rods, Dr. Ricketson improvised by placing a stainless-steel

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