This news article reports an independent analysis of patient risk at hospitals that provide surgeries they infrequently perform, highlighting how high procedure volume and the presence of an experienced surgical team at a hospital can enhance the safety of surgical care delivered.
Dubeck D. PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. September 2014;11:93-101.
Research has documented a substantial learning curve for surgeons as they develop skills to use robotic technologies. Drawing from data submitted to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, this article analyzes the 722 safety events involving robotic-assisted surgery reported since 2005—approximately 75% of these incidents did not result in harm but 10 patient deaths were recorded—and discusses the challenges introduced as robotic-assisted surgery becomes accepted as standard surgical practice.
Egerton B. Dallas Morning News. November 14, 2010;A01.
This newspaper article investigates how surgical errors and postoperative complications affected one woman’s life and discusses factors that contributed to the errors, including ineffective trainee supervision.
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