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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

Length: 2:55.



*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.

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  • Christopher Schabowsky, Sr. Project Officer, Health Devices, ECRI Institute (view his video on surgical robots)
  • Antonio R. Gargiulo, MD, Medical Director of Robotic Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Charlotte Guglielmi, MA, BSN, RN, CNOR Perioperative Nurse Specialist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Adam Robinson, Clinical Contract Manager, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Myriam Curet, MD, Chief Medical Advisor, Intuitive Surgical (available during Q&A only)
What you will learn:Who should attend​:
  • The dangers of implementing a robotic surgery program without establishing a standardized training and credentialing program
  • What should be covered in the team’s initial training
  • What leaders in the field are doing
  • Current media attention to patient injuries related to a lack of training
  • Clinical staff
  • Administration
  • Department heads
  • Surgical steering committees
  • OR managers
  • Community hospitals
  • Large hospitals who are reviewing their current surgical robot program
  • Other healthcare professionals

​A Web Conference Presented by ECRI Institute