Robotic surgery, which allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgeries for many indications, is creating quite a buzz among the surgical community. Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci Surgical System is the system that is used in all robotic surgery programs and is the only multipurpose robotic surgery system on the market. This technology has a hefty price tag, a long learning curve, and an increasing number of healthcare facilities have faced lawsuits and recalls related to adverse events. Nevertheless, many hospitals are purchasing and implementing the da Vinci robot to gain a competitive edge, improve clinical outcomes, and attract and retain skilled surgeons. Each unit costs a facility well over $1,000,000; so doing your homework can prevent costly mistakes.
Facilities need to understand that a detailed training program must be executed for safe and effective use of the robotic system. They should also consider if there are enough patients to keep the doctors’ skills sharp. So, who should be involved in the training and how often?
To help healthcare providers understand the training and credentialing necessary with the da Vinci, ECRI Institute presented a web conference, “The Surgical Robot Invasion: Training and Safety.”
Hear answers to the most popular questions asked at the webinar
ECRI Institute web conference Q&A
*This web conference is free for ECRI Institute Health Devices System™, Health Devices Gold™, and SELECTplus™ members. List price for archive recording and materials is $249.