Like doctors, surgical robots can make serious errors

On Behalf of | Aug 14, 2016 | Surgical Errors

We can see technological advances are everywhere, from the cell phones in our pockets to the cars we drive, and even in the ways we can watch movies and listen to music. But perhaps the most important technological strides can be found in the medical field. After all, what could be more important than our health? And we are better off when we can receive the best treatment possible.

Robotics has become part of the medical profession. Specifically, robots are being employed to perform different types of minimally invasive surgery. And while the use of robots is intended to make surgery less invasive, there is a body of evidence suggesting these kinds of procedures carry a degree of risk.

Specifically, a group of researchers culled data from the FDA revealing that from 2000 to 2013, 144 patients died in surgeries that involved the use of robots. Moreover, there were 1,391 patient injuries during that same time period.

There were a variety of errors cited that contributed to the deaths and injuries, the most common of which was pieces of tools becoming lodged in patients. Robots making accidental movements and electrical sparking were also mentioned as errors that harmed patients.

Robotics and other new technologies will likely continue playing an important role in surgical procedures. But humans are always responsible for the safety of the equipment used during surgery, no matter how advanced that equipment is. Doctors and other medical professionals must be well versed in the use of their devices, and those devices must be properly serviced and calibrated. It is all too easy for one mistake to cause a patient to suffer a serious or fatal injury.

If you or someone you love has been harmed while undergoing surgery, a medical malpractice attorney may be able to help you hold the responsible party accountable. While a doctor or hospital may attempt to stonewall your inquiries as to how such a thing could happen, an attorney can make sure that you get full access to the information about the procedure.


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