« on: March 22, 2004, 10:58:48 PM »
Dr.- Since the vast majority of your diatribe consists of vitriolic ad hominem attacks on trial lawyers in general (at my age, I try not to characterize ANY group in general, as a whole, etc) I shan't try to dissuade you. I believe your hostility and bitterness are self evident.
Last month, a physician at a certain cardiac hospital cracked the patient's rib cage open like a lobster and began siphoning blood clots out of the pleural cavity from around the heart and lungs. There was much more clotting than he anticipated. In addition, severe bleeding re-ensued (a not unpredictable sequelae to such a procedure). The patient nearly bled to death because this physician did not even both to order a type and screen, let alone a 2 unit crossmatch prior to surgery, a precaution I think is OBVIOUSLY warranted for such a surgery. The patient had been in the hospital for 24 hrs so there was plenty of time for the routine pre-op. When the blood banker arrives outside surgery with 2 units of EMERGENCY UNCROSSMATCHED blood, and hears the surgeon saying, "Oh my God, this is bad, this is bad, Oh God" it is an indication that perhaps things aren't going so well. We managed not to kill her anyway. Two days later while I drew her blood for post-op labs, she was singing the praises to her family of how wonderful the surgeon was. She had no clue how close she came to dying.
I have much worse examples available from personal experience, and I'm not getting them second hand from a nurse.
As I said before, I sympathize with some of the crap, but not all, and I would not be so arrogant as to pronounce judgement on all trial lawyers.
Good luck, sir, I think you will need it.