I believe he was in there and did the—he helped Dr. Curtis with the cutdown, the initial cutdown.
And what, specifically, did you do pursuant to the cutdown on his leg?
After I had completed the cutdown, I went around to the right side of the patient and saw the head wound.
Will you describe in lay language what you mean by a cutdown in relationship to what they did in this case?
cutdown cut·down (kŭt'doun')
The incision of a vein to facilitate the insertion of a cannula or needle, as for the administration of intravenous medication. Also called venostomy.