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People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray

Cardiologist Testifies:

Dr. Murray Messed Up Big Time

10/12/2011 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cardiologist -- Dr. Alon Steinberg Testifies
Updated 10/12/11 at 08:45 AM

1012_cardiologist 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.
* Steinberg testified 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."
* He found 6 separate and distinct deviations of standard of care – each one amounting to "gross negligence."
* Steinberg said Propofol should only be used for procedures in a hospital and should never be used for sleep.
* According to Steinberg, Murray lacked basic equipment to keep the singer alive in case of emergency.
* Murray should have had an assistant at all times.
* Murray should have called 911 immediately. 

* Steinberg said after calling 911, Murray should have given bagged him with an ambu bag, then administered Flumazenil ... Instead, Murray went for chest compressions,  which MJ wouldn't have needed if he was still breathing.
* When Murray did finally call for help, he phoned MJ's assistant ... which caused further delay.
* Steinberg told the jury that "for every minute of delay there's less and less chance the patient will survive."
* Steinberg called Murray's behavior "bizarre."
* 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."
* Steinberg condemned Murray for leaving the singer alone unsupervised, saying "it's like leaving a baby that's sleeping on your kitchen countertop,"
* He said, 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.
(during cross-examination, Murray's lawyer argued Murray never mentioned when describing the night of June 25th. After an long back-and-forth, Steinberg shrugged, "Can we agree to disagree?")
* Murray's lawyers asked Steinberg if it was possible Murray left the room for more than two minutes ... suggesting the doc may have had his timetable confused.
* Dr. Steinberg made it clear ... MJ would be alive today if Murray had simply called 911 right away.

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John the Lawyer    

Where is Beckerman or an editor? You say "* Steinberg said Murray's breeches in care "directly contributed to the untimely death of Michael Jackson." THEY ARE NOT "breeches" of care, they are "breaches" of care. "Breeches" are a form of pants, are you saying that Murray killed Jackson with his pants???

As a matter of fact, you ARE saying that. Good job TMZ, this IS an exclusive!

Time to fire an editor, Harvey lol

1044 days ago
17.

Politico Pablo    

His propofol analogy of his leaving the room was like leaving a baby on the counter top was very effective.

1044 days ago
18.

JustSayin    

~Hands the Defense some duct tape~ Now use it on yo mouth b4 it gets really embarrassing for you.

Oh, *Snap* --- TOO LATE!

1044 days ago
20.

dd    

I LOVE this doctor on the stand...he is making that lawyer look like and OLD FOOL! CASE CLOSED!

1044 days ago
21.

Tommy Tune    

I think this Dr is doing a great job. Wow. He is putting everything the defense throws at him right back in their face. Yeah, he doesnt know when to stop talking, but still. He is really prepared. Whats this "352" the judge keeps referring to??

1044 days ago
22.

Elle    

Did the defense forget what side he was on? He made Murray look worse, HAHA.

1044 days ago
23.

Kim - The Safety Girl    

This is why I teach CPR, everyone should know this simple skill. Assuming physicians know what to do, is like counting on politicians doing the right thing for us. If you live in LA/OC I am offering CPR classes at a discount. Let me know if you are interested - i am just disgusted by what I've heard in todays trail.

1044 days ago
24.

Kat    

Dr. Steinberg comes across as extremly competent and knowledgable. He never waivers from his answers. He also has tremendous patience with the attorney cross examaning him, who keeps asking the same questions over and over and over! Wish the judge would say enough already!!

1044 days ago
25.

EarthAngel    

Murray has slits for eyes right now because he wants to be ANYWHERE other than there in the worst way!! Lol

1044 days ago
26.

Tom    

As I watch the trial, I am attempting to remain unbiased. This guy, Dr Steinberg, is so smug I just want to slap that grin off his face! He has an agenda. He wants to hang Dr Murray. He makes a terrible prosecution witness, being high on himself.

1044 days ago
27.

HumanNature    

NOW, THIS IS A "REAL" DOCTOR AND BOARD CERTIFIED TOO!!!!!

1044 days ago
28.

EarthAngel    

Am loving this doc's testimony. Only thing strange is his unfamiliarity with BMQA. EVERY physician I know needs to change their pants if BMQA and their name come up in the same sentence! No laughing matter for sure!

1044 days ago
29.

Marie    

Dr. Conrad Murray did not care about Michael Jackson's health at all. He only cared about the money. Shame on him!

1044 days ago
30.

Toni    

Im amazed at some of these comments. Regardless of who the patient was, dont all doctors have a duty of care to their patients whether your famous, rich or not. Thank u tmz for the updates. I am in Australia & can at least follow whats happening.

1044 days ago
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