The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest Report



Ullyot meets with Postl - December 9

On December 9, Ullyot met with Postl to discuss a range of issues, including the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program. She told Postl that the four anaesthetists were not happy with the program and still had concerns.

Postl spoke with his vice-president, Helen Wright, during this period. According to her testimony, Postl sought her advice on how he might close down the Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program if he became convinced that such action was necessary. In recalling that conversation, Wright said Postl did not discuss specific cases with her, but he indicated that there were growing concerns with the program. She said Postl indicated that he was examining options if a worst-case scenario arose. She told him that he could go to the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) and ask that the program be stopped or that Odim's privileges be suspended or revoked. She also advised him to make sure that he had a firm understanding of the statistical results of the program. She said that if the MAC rejected this recommendation, he could then appeal to the President and the Board.

In December, Wright also heard from Boyle at least twice about nursing concerns with Odim's surgical competence. Wright said this was after her discussion with Postl. She indicated that, in previous discussions with Boyle, she had thought that the nurses' concerns related more to communications and interpersonal relations. Wright believed that Postl was taking steps to address these concerns. Within a short time, he had.



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Section 1 Chapter 1 - Introduction to the Issues
  Chapter 2 - Pediatric Cardiac Issues
  Chapter 3 - The Diagnosis of Pediatric Heart Defects and their Surgical Treatment
  Chapter 4 - The Health Sciences Centre
Section 2 Chapter 5 - Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in Winnipeg 1950-1993
  Chapter 6 - The Restart of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in 1994
January 1, 1994 to May 17, 1994
  Chapter 7 - The Slowdown
May 17 to September 1994
  Chapter 8 - Events Leading to the Suspension of the Program
September 7, 1994 to December 23, 1994
  Chapter 9 - 1995 - The Aftermath of the Shutdown
January to March, 1995
Section 3 Chapter 10 - Findings and Recommendations
Appendix 1 - Glossary of terms used in this report
Appendix 2 - Parties to the Proceedings and counsel
Appendix 3 - List of witnesses and dates of testimony
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