My question involves malpractice in the state of: MI
Last week during my 2 level cervical fusion surgery I flatlined. I have a very clean health history - no BP or cholesterol problems, no heart problems and no previous surgeries, none, ever (56 yr old male). I was told in post-op by the surgeon that my heart stopped and they "thumped" me a few times and it restarted. He gave me no info on how long it was stopped or any other info at all. I was kept overnight on the heart floor for observation with a heart monitor on. Also had numerous blood draws. They told me that my heart looked good overnight and blood tests showed no damage done and I was released the next day.
The day after I got home I called the surgeons office and requested the OR Report as I was interested in what EXACTLY went down in the OR. Within a few days I received a Operative Note", written by the surgeon, very well detailed throughout except I thought the part explaining what happened during my SCA is too vague as there is no time frame (how long was my heart stopped?) and no details on what sedation meds and reversal meds were used. I will paste this part of the report here below:
" Hemostasis was obtained and a drain left in the bed of the wound. Closure was begun with Vicryl stitches on the platysma layer. At this point in the procedure the patient developed profound bradycardia that evolved into asystole. The wound was immediately reopened and there was no mass effect on the vagal nerve from hemotoma from the drain. This appearred to be a reaction to the reversal agent. Patient responded favorably to pharmacolgic management remained stable. Clousure was the carried out with Vicryl stitches and a drain was left in the bed of the wound and the skin was closed with Dermabond. The patient emerged from anesthesia without complication was evaluated in the recovery room where he was alert, oriented and had a normal motor exam."
Is this the extent of the detail that I should be seeing on this "Operative Note" form? Where do I find the the specific anesthesia and reversal agents and other things that were used? Where is a report that includes the timeline of all that happened in the OR? Why no indication of "thumps" in this report? I will be checking with the anesthesia people tmrw for that info also - I hope they have it.
I have spent several days since reading about what happened medically to me and what that leaves for my future and I have a million questions for my surgeon.
I'm here looking for answers to the numerous questions littered throughout this post. Any help, thoughts, insight or answers is appreciated.
Thank you people! peace