Surgical Error

Could Cameras In Operating Rooms Improve Patient Outcomes?

December 27, 2017 by Carrie Capouellez

Video and audio recording technology has greatly impacted many industries. Airplanes are outfitted with black box recorders to help investigators understand what occurred in the event of an aviation accident. Police utilize body cameras to provide recordings of their encounters that can be used as evidence. Some nursing home residents even use video cameras to help catch and deter elder abuse. Now, a lawmaker from Wisconsin believes audio and video recording in operating rooms could greatly help improve patient outcomes.

Representative Christine Sinicki is introducing legislation that would require recording equipment in operating rooms. Her mission is simple: help patients and their families fill in the blanks when something goes wrong during a medical procedure. Unfortunately for patients, medical errors are incredibly common. In 2016, researchers at John Hopkins Medicine published the results of a study showing medical error was the third leading cause of death for adults. According to researchers, approximately 250,000 people die each year from medical errors.

Many of these medical errors occur in the operating room, but unfortunately for patients and their families, mistakes in the operating room often go unreported. Those affected by medical negligence often don’t learn a mistake has been made until after the patient has suffered additional industries. For patients that suspect a surgical error occurred, finding out the truth is nearly impossible because surgeons rarely admit to making a mistake.

Rep. Sinicki and other patient advocates around the country believe using recording equipment could help establish better accountability. Just like black boxes and body cams, recording equipment in operating rooms would help people identify whether a mistake was made due to pure negligence or was the result of an unfortunate event. While many surgeons and other health professionals are against the use of recording equipment in operating rooms, the reality is that they could greatly improve patient outcomes.

Know Your Rights in Operating Rooms

It could be some time before recording devices are implemented in operating rooms; however, patients still have a right to know what occurred during their operations. Sometimes doctors and hospitals are not forthcoming with information, but hiring a medical malpractice attorney can help. An attorney can acquire medical records, conduct interviews, and organize a second opinion from an unaffiliated and trustworthy doctor.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys

At Lopez McHugh LLP, our attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients protect their rights. If you have suffered injuries or a loved one has died as the result of a surgical error, the medical malpractice attorneys at Lopez McHugh LLP are here to take your call. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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