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Children's cardiac surgery deaths were preventable

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 09 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1433
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    At least five of 12 deaths among babies undergoing cardiac surgery in a hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1994 were preventable and several more were “possibly preventable,” an inquest report has concluded. In most cases parents were not given enough information to enable them to give fully informed consent to the operations.

    Associate chief of the Provincial Court, Justice Murray Sinclair, who presided over the inquest—one of Canada's lengthiest—said that the paediatric cardiac surgery programme at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre was “placed in the hands of a relatively inexperienced cardiologist …

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