Ruscher gave the boy a “relatively high dose” of the propofol anesthetic after he initially had “high” blood pressure, according to the order of the medical council. The baby later developed “critically low” blood pressure and suffered brain damage due to oxygen deprivation, the request says.
Ruscher left the operating room during surgery, but was nearby and available by phone, the order says. Chalifoux was trained to call her if problems arose, but he did not, despite low or impossible to obtain blood pressure readings, the order says.
Chalifoux was three months away from completing this residency, but had not participated in a surgery involving a tied cord or a small baby, the order says.
Ruscher’s lawyers declined to comment on Tuesday. Chalifoux, an anesthetist at Baystate Health in Springfield, Massachusetts, and his lawyers did not respond to requests for comment.
Ruscher is no longer at UW Health after a voluntary retirement, said spokeswoman Emily Kumlien. John Zwieg, one of Ruscher’s lawyers, said she is working, but did not say where.
“Although this issue has been legally resolved, UW Health is aware of the painful reality of this situation and we continue to offer our deepest sympathy to the Mallidi family,” said Kumlien.
The medical council took no action against Chalifoux, who, according to court records, argued that Ruscher was responsible for the injury.