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Placing cameras in PA operating rooms to prevent medical errors


Surgery can be a scary event to go through for any Pennsylvanian. Even if it is a simple or standard procedure, patients in Pennsylvania and all around the nation have many concerns going into it. Moreover, if complications occur during the procedure, the health and well being of the patient may be put at risk. While some complications are considered unpreventable, if a doctor or medical staff makes a surgical error during the process, this could be considered life threatening. Additionally, many of these occurrences are thought to be preventable, making it important for patients and loved ones to address this possibility.

Because preventable medical errors are believed to be the culprit of fatal medical malpractice cases, there has been a recent discussion regarding the placement of cameras in operating rooms. In many cases, family members of lost loved ones tend to not know the full story of what happened in the operating room. Whether this is due to lack of documentation or details, these gaps in the story can often make it challenging to pursue a cause of action against a negligent doctor, surgeon or medical staff.

Knowing more about what happened in the operating room is beneficial in many ways. This not only puts family members of the patients at ease, it could help the hospital and medical providers understand the cause of death. Additionally, this could highlight the preventable medical error that caused the death of the patient, helping the hospital avoid future occurrences of that mistake.

There is a growing number of supporters for the movement that seeks to require hospitals and surgical suites to have both video and recording capabilities. Providing a "black box" that synchronizes a patient's physical data with the video and audio recording of the patient's operation allows doctors to review the performance. Moreover, it provides the capability to understand what exactly occurred during the procedure and what steps, if any, led to the death of the patient.

The loss of a loved one during a medical procedure can be a difficult event to cope with. Family members often have numerous questions regarding his or her options in the event and ways they can better cope and move forward from the tragedy. Seeking legal guidance could help loved ones better understand the medical malpractice process, allowing him or her to make an informed decision in their situation.

Source: The Washington Post, "Could cameras in operating rooms reduce preventable medical deaths?" Tom Jackman, Aug. 25, 2015

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