Cardiologist -- Dr. Alon Steinberg Testifies
Updated 10/12/11 at 08:45 AM
Dr. Alon Steinberg -- one of the leading cardiologists for the California Medical Board -- just told the jury ... Dr. Conrad Murray demonstrated an "extreme deviation" from standard practices in his care for Michael Jackson.
* Dr. Steinberg made it clear he is a cardiologist... not an anesthesiologist.
* Dr. Steinberg said he reviewed Murray's case relying solely on transcripts from his police interview because he wanted "to judge Dr. Murray on his very own words."
* Steinberg found 6 separate and distinct deviations of standard of care – each one amounting to "gross negligence."
* He said Propofol should only be used for procedures in a hospital and should never be used for sleep.
* Steinberg told Walgren he's never heard of anyone using Propofol for sleep.
* Steinberg also found that Murray lacked basic equipment in case of an emergency.
* Murray didn't have an assistant in case something went wrong.
* Murray's biggest mistake... he didn't call 911. Steinberg told jurors that's the first thing he should have done.
* Dr. Steinberg said he has no doubt MJ would be alive today if Murray had simply called 911.
* Steinberg says Murray had no idea what he was doing ... After calling 911 Murray should have fiven him Flumazenil -- an antidote -- then he should have given him air through an ambu bag. Instead, Murray went for chest compressions ... which MJ didn't need since his heart was still beating.
* When Murray does finally call for help, he calls MJ's assistant ... which caused further delay.
* Steinberg says that for every minute of delay there's less and less chance the patient will survive.
* Steinberg called Murray's behavior "bizarre."
* Another huge deviation ... Murray did not take notes. This is important not only for insurance and legal purposes but also to make sure everything is documented so that no mistakes are made.
* Steinberg said Murray's breeches in care "directly contributed to the untimely death of Michael Jackson."
* According to Steinberg, even if MJ did self-administered the fatal dose, Murray would still be at fault. He told the jury leaving MJ alone in that room was like leaving a baby on a countertop.
* Steinberg says, according to the transcripts, Murray gave MJ a drip of Propofol the night he died ... in ADDITION to the 25 mg. he gave him initially.
* Steinberg says Murray would have had to use a drip to keep MJ asleep for more than a few minutes.
* Murray's lawyers are asking Steinberg if he really believed Murray left the room for two minutes ... suggesting it could have been longer.