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New Study: Medical Operations Should be Filmed To Prevent Malpractice

According to a recent article from The Telegraph, professors of surgery call for routine video-recording of operations to stamp out poor practice and promote better learning.

According to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore professors, Martin Makary and Timothy Pawlik, this could be a successful learning experience for good clinicians if operations were recorded and may stamp out poor practice. For many challenging operations, surgeons could benefit from watching a patient’s archived video in preparation either to re-operate on that patient or to do a similar operation on another patient.

They told how one patient returned home last year from a routine procedure to “discover a big surprise.”

“Hoping to record the instructions he received from medical staff, the patient had actually recorded the entire procedure on his phone,” they said.
“To his shock, he learned that the anesthesiologist and gastroenterologist had viciously insulted him while he was sedated and had entered a false diagnosis in his medical record.”
The patient then sued and was awarded a large payment for medical malpractice.

In this case, learning from preventable events can be enhanced by video recordings.

Makary and Pawlik said, “instead of basing incident reviews on the recollection of the people involved, videos could be used to determine the clinician, patient, and system factors that had a role in an event and the relative contributions of each.”

Could this be a major step in preventing medical malpractice? Video recordings of operations seems to have more positive effects than negative ones in this case.

Remember, if you or a loved one have been involved in medical malpractice, don’t hesitate to contact your professional personal injury lawyers at Parvey & Cavenago.


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