It’s the 13th day of the Michael Jackson live trial on HLN channel 45 Cox Cable in Lafayette, Louisiana beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. CST with follow-ups by Jane Velez-Mitchell, Dr. Drew, Joy Behar and Showbiz Tonight on this day October 12, 2011.
Today, Dr. Alon Steinberg took the stand and has totally demolished the defense mostly on cross examination by the defense, Michael Flannigan. HLN has made several comments concerning Dr. Steinberg’s arrogance and surety of himself. They appeared “annoyed” that he is so sure of himself. There are two qualities that are of utmost importance when seeking a Doctor. The first quality is “personableness” and the second quality is “competence.” Unfortunately, not everyone has both these gifts in healthcare personnel. In my nursing career of 28 years, this Examiner has asked many questions of everyone concerning the above qualities and the majority of people choose “personableness” over “competence” hands down. Unfortunately, as in this case, the patient is usually unable to ascertain what “competence” is. This case surely shows that competence AND personableness are extremely important qualities in a Doctor but they are very different. “Personableness” is needed so that the patient will feel comfortable around their doctor in order to confide confidential things to him and “competence” so that the Doctor knows how to competently take care of the patient or if he cannot, to point him in the right direction to the most “competent” Doctor. Dr. Conrad Murray displays qualities of “personableness” but not “competence.”
Now, who would you rather take care of you?
Again, the Forensic Toxicologist who testified yesterday displayed qualities of “competence” but maybe not “personableness” so he does autopsies. He does not have to use “personable” qualities as much on people who are not living. Again, God doesn’t randomly give all his gifts to one person in one body. He kind of spreads his gifts around. Dr. Steinberg displays qualities of competence and personableness. God gives certain people more gifts than others. Hopefully, Dr. Steinberg uses them well. His confidence and knowledge DOES show and this should help a patient to feel secure rather than insecure. Doctor’s are supposed to be smart, confident and competent but arrogance takes away something rather than gives them anything extra. Dr. Conrad was arrogant; Dr. Steinberg is competent which is not the same thing. Anyone who can find anything to criticize in Dr. Steinberg are displaying symptoms of allowing the green eyed monster to get to them. Again, the issue is with God who gives gifts to who he sees fit or perhaps the issue is with your own parents who gave you certain genes.
For HLN to appear they are “siding” with Dr. Conrad Murray because he isn’t displaying arrogance NOW is unbelievable. If HLN wants to talk about arrogance, let’s talk about the arrogant actions of Dr. Conrad Murray. Again, just because he has the appearance of remorse now, doesn’t make him remorseful. He just is a better actor than Doctor. After all is said and done, with lots of testimony from Dr. Alon Steinberg, he succinctly put it down in six (6) critical steps that Dr. Conrad Murray failed to take with Michael Jackson.
GROSS NEGLIGENCE WAS CAUSED BY SIX GROSS DEVIATIONS OF STANDARDS OF CARE:
- To give Propofol as a sleep agent when it was not medically indicated nor medically approved.
- Then, giving Propofol in a home setting without proper personnel or equipment to continuously monitor the patient. He very accurately uses an analogy that anyone could understand. Would you leave a sleeping baby on the counter for 2 minutes hoping he won’t roll off while you are going to the bathroom?
- By not adequately preparing for an emergency by having the proper resuscitative equipment at the patient’s bedside.
- When the patient did arrest, by giving improper care during the arrest. Dr. Murray was found giving a one handed CPR. This was not only improper, it was not needed. Michael Jackson was in respiratory failure, he needed breaths per Dr. Murray. Was Dr. Murray too arrogant to place his lips on Michael Jackson’s lips and breathe life into his body? CPR basics are A, B, C. Airway, breathing, circulation. Dr. Conrad Murray needed to give Michael breaths, but he didn’t.
- There was a delay in calling 911. Again, why? Other than to cover up his own failures, there is no other reason.
- Failed to maintain proper medical records. Even in the emergency room, he failed to say to the ER personnel all the things he did to Michael Jackson due to confusion and lack of medical records.
Note: HLN says that Dr. Steinberg failed to give one inch and thus this may show arrogance in the eyes of the jury. Again, Dr. Steinberg gave a lot of leeway to Dr. Murray. Dr. Steinberg gave him leeway by stating number 6. Dr. Murray couldn’t have maintained proper medical records because everything he would have been recording was improper, against proper medical care and illegal. Basically, it’s bad backroom doctoring. Dr. Murray cut the IV bag and inserted a bottle of Propofol. Again, this is improper and contaminates the IV fluids. An IV fluid system is a closed system to prevent microorganisms from entering the blood stream. Michael Jackson already had microorganisms and scarring in his lungs due to Dr. Conrad Murray’s “bad backroom doctoring techniques.” It was just a matter of time before Michael Jackson would have ended up with microorganisms growing in his bloodstream resulting in sepsis.
Also, a second way Dr. Steinberg gave leeway to Dr. Murray was to “basically go exactly by his transcript interview notes.” In these notes Dr. Steinberg was able to pinpoint that Dr. Murray admitted that Michael Jackson was on an IV drip of Propofol when he gave an extra dose of 25 mg of Propofol. This is very damaging to the defense as the defense has to change their testimony that Michael Jackson ingested the Propofol orally and was NOT on an IV drip of Propofol. This is the exact conclusion that this Examiner has come up with myself as the evidence suggests that Michael Jackson still had Propofol in his system 2 hours after it was stated he was given the Propofol. With the ½ life of Propofol being only 7-10 minutes, only a very very large dose of Propofol could have been given IV, or given by IV drip, or was given by both IV drip and IV push. Only Dr. Conrad Murray knows for sure but the evidence now shows with Dr. Steinberg’s astute testimony that Dr. Murray admitted Michael Jackson was on an IV Propofol drip AND was also given an extra dose of Propofol 25 mg IV. Dr. Steinberg did not ADD, assume or question anything concerning Dr. Murray’s transcript interview. However, by pinpointing that even Dr. Conrad Murray admitted to giving Michael Jackson Propofol by IV drip and by IV extra push injection of 25mg; the defense is back on defense trying to squirm out of this very damaging testimony.
How will the defense squirm out of this one? Stay tuned for more HLN trial coverage on October 13, 2011 beginning at 11 a.m. CST on channel 45 Cox Cable Lafayette, Louisiana.
Update: This Examiner quit following what happened to Dr. Murray after the trial due to developments. Basically, AEG Entertainment in all probability owned Dr. Murray and thus he was under their thumb in administering care to MJ. Like many of us citizens, Dr. Murray was trying to make a living. He was trying to please his patient and also AEG Entertainment. All health care personnel are under increasing pressures to deliver the best possible care, to please the patient, to please our employers and also to pay our bills. Sometimes we fail and I truly have compassion for Dr. Murray now as well as MJ.
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