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New Surgical “Black Box” Could Reduce Mistakes in the Operating Room

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When you go in for an operation, you put your complete trust in your doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to provide you with the utmost medical care and attention. While many patients go through their procedures without any issues, others may not have such stellar experiences.

Just like in any other profession, healthcare professionals sometimes make mistakes. However, a mistake made during a surgical procedure can result in serious injuries and even death. According to Medical News Today, approximately 4,000 surgical mistakes, or “never events,” happen in U.S. operating rooms every year. To prevent, or at least reduce, the number of surgical mistakes, researchers in Canada are working on a surgical “black box” that will track surgeons’ movements during an operation. If it works, the device could significantly minimize the number of mistakes made by surgeons in the operating rooms.

How the Surgical “Black Box” Works

This surgical “black box”, which consists of video cameras, is placed inside the operating room to track every movement. A small computer-like device is placed out to analyze the recordings, identify when mistakes are made, and provide instant feedback to surgeons as they operate. The box is intended to assess things like how surgeons stitch, how they communicate with nurses during high-stress situations, and how they handle organs.

Is It Available in the U.S.?

According to CNN, over the next several months, the Canadian researchers will be testing the “black box” in hospitals in Canada, parts of South Africa and Denmark. There are talks about when the device will be implemented in hospitals in the United States. Once a date is set, its execution could occur quickly since the box is not considered a medical device and as such will not require approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

Benefits of a Surgical “Black Box”

Some argue that surgeons may be hesitant to allow a black box to be installed in their operating room because its presence could make them so nervous that they would make preventable errors. However, research shows that many medical professionals do not realize when they make a mistake during an operation. According to a CNN report, surgeons make an average of 20 mistakes in every operation they perform, regardless of their level of experience. Most do not even recognize the mistakes they made.

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