A cardiologist who reviewed Dr. Conrad Murrayâ€™s care of Michael Jackson for the California Medical Board testified Wednesday that the physicianâ€™s treatment was riddled with egregious deviations from standard of care that contributed directly to the singerâ€™s death.
Alon Steinberg, a Ventura County cardiologist and medical board reviewer, told jurors at Murrayâ€™s involuntary manslaughter trial that even if Jackson had given himself the anesthetic that caused his death, the doctor would be just as guilty of giving substandard care. Murrayâ€™s attorneys have contended the singer gave himself the anesthetic propofol and a second sedative while his doctor wasnâ€™t looking, killing himself instantly.
â€œWe donâ€™t give opportunity for a patient to self-administer,â€ Steinberg said.
â€œWhen you monitor a patient, you never leave their side, especially after giving propofol. Itâ€™s like leaving a baby thatâ€™s sleeping on your kitchen countertop,â€ he testified.
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Steinberg rattled off a long list of factors that led him to conclude that Murrayâ€™s actions were an extreme departure from standard of care â€” treating insomnia with a surgical anesthetic, administering propofol without the necessary monitoring equipment, delaying calling 911 and making ineffective resuscitation efforts once Jackson had stopped breathing.
â€œItâ€™s basic knowledge in America, you donâ€™t have to be a healthcare professional, that when someone is down you need to call 911 for help,â€ Steinberg told jurors.
The doctor delayed calling for emergency help for at least 20 minutes when paramedics were only four minutes away, he noted.
â€œEvery minute counts?â€ Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren asked.
"Every minute counts,â€ Steinberg responded.
Steinberg said were it not for the deviations in standard of care, Jackson would have lived.
Murray has been stripped of his license to practice in California.
Also on Wednesday, an attorney representing Murray told the judge that despite indications at earlier hearings, the doctorâ€™s defense had reached the conclusion that propofol would not have an effect if taken orally and would not be making the argument that the singer might have drank the anesthetic.
â€œWe are not going to assert at any point in time in this trial that Michael Jackson orally ingested propofol,â€ attorney Michael Flanagan said.
He has only lost his license just fo California WTF!!!!!! Man I'm angry, sad, and depressed!!!