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Bogdanich W. New York Times. June 20, 2009;National Desk:1.
Flawed safety standards, including a lack of peer review and oversight, led to a series of errors in a cancer unit at a Philadelphia Veterans Affairs hospital.
Journal Article > Study
Introduction of checklists at daily progress notes improves patient care among the gynecological oncology service.
Diaz-Montes TP, Cobb L, Ibeanu OA, Njoku P, Gerardi MA. J Patient Saf. 2012;8:189-193.
Integration of a checklist into daily progress notes was associated with decreased length of stay and increased use of appropriate prophylactic strategies on a gynecologic oncology inpatient service.
FDA Safety Communication: caution when using robotically-assisted surgical devices in women's health including mastectomy and other cancer-related surgeries.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 28, 2019.
This announcement seeks to raise awareness of the potential risks associated with the use of robotic-assisted surgical devices in mastectomies or cancer-related care. Recommendations for patients who may seek to have robotically assisted surgery include asking about their surgeon's experience with these procedures and discussing benefits, risks, and alternatives regarding available treatment options with their health care provider. Suggestions for health care providers include completing specialized training on procedures they perform. A WebM&M commentary described the challenges and benefits associated with robotic surgery.