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Surgical Black Box May Improve Doctor Error Rate

Steve Wagner

Canadian researchers are in the process of developing what is being labeled as a surgical “black box”, a tool to assist in education and technique improvement for all types of surgeons and surgical nurses.

Lead researcher, Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, states in his research that most doctors recognize few of their many mistakes, the average one making as many as 20 errors per surgery. With the assistance of the black box, a device which will record movements, asses techniques, and even provide details about team dynamics within the operating room, Grantcharov hopes the box can be used to decrease the amount of errors, and educate surgeons to better improve their methods and hone their skills.

Many are worried that the presence of this black box in the operating room will lead to greater risks of medical malpractice suits, which could leave many hospitals unable to afford the insurance they need to cover theirs surgeons. Release of this box to the public may be dependent on whether or not this box can be used for malpractice evidence, submitted officially in any trial or hearing, or if it can simply be used as an educational tool.

We find it terribly upsetting that doctors are making an average of 20 mistakes per surgery, and we hope this tool makes its way into every operating room in our country. Anything we can offer to surgeons and nurses to improve their skills, and better protect those who are going under the knife, will be greatly beneficial to all of us!

If you have been injured during surgery by the error of a doctor, the medical malpractice attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in recovering the damages you are owed as part of your recovery Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 for more information.


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