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Garland, TX – Dr. John Lundell is an anesthesiologist and expert witness.
“Explaining to patients what I plan to do and why is great practice for writing a report that is easy for a judge or a jury to understand,” says Dr. Lundell. “Even though attorneys and judges have lots of knowledge, it’s not medical- or anesthesia-related knowledge. It’s a lot like teaching—explain medical terms in words the audience can understand. Pictures and charts help, but I like analogies. If people can relate a complex medical concept to something they know already, it is easier to understand.”
“You have such a good bedside manner—why waste it in anesthesia where your patients are all asleep?”
Dr. Lundell has been answering that question since 1994 when he first began training to be an anesthesiologist.
“As an anesthesiologist I give patients medication to induce sleep,” explains Dr. Lundell, “but I also place breathing tubes, arterial catheters, central venous catheters and nerve blocks. I manage consciousness, patient safety and positioning, blood pressure, heart rate, respirations, urine output, blood loss and transfusions under changing surgical conditions. I transport critical patients between the OR and the ICU, manage critically ill patients for emergency surgery and run intraoperative codes. Complications can happen during any of these activities.”
The question, says Dr Lundell, is always: “Did the anesthesiology team meet the standard of care?
“I know being an expert witness has made me a better anesthesiologist,” says Dr. Lundell.
For more information, visit www.drjohnlundell.com