It is not looking good for Dr. Conrad Murray. Not good at all!
Dr. Alon Steinberg, one of the California Medical Board's leading cardiologists, took the stand Wednesday in the Conrad Murray Trial.
After examining the transcripts of Murray's police interrogation, he came to the conclusion that Murray's care for Michael Jackson was an "extreme deviation" for the norm resulting in "gross negligence."
According to Steinberg, Propofol should never be used as a sleep aid. In fact, this is the first time he's ever heard of anyone using it for that purpose. Propofol, as we all knew, is a drug only recommended for hospital procedures.
Moving on, Steinberg also claims Murray lacked the basic equipment all doctors should have on them in case of emergency. Also, the very first thing Murray should have done was call 911, not Jackson's assistant. Then, he should have administered the antidote Flumazenil.
Furthermore, Steinberg noted odd behavior in Murray's reaction. For one thing, he began performing chest compressions on Jackson even though Jacksons heart was still beating. He also failed to take notes, which is needed for legal and insurance purposes (although we're sure if you're trying to save the one and only Michael Jackson, notes are probably the last thing you're thinking of, but then again, we're not doctors).
Dr. Alon Steinberg concluded that Dr. Conrad Murray's actions "directly contributed to the untimely death of Michael Jackson."
We're thinking Steinberg's testimony is definitely going to play a hug role in the jury's conviction. It definitely sounds like Murray wasn't properly prepared to handle emergency situations, and celebrity doctor or not, one needs to adhere to protocol when dealing with lives. Agree?
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