Robotic Surgery: Complications due to Insufficient Training

November 24, 2014 | Evaluations & Guidance


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Robotic surgical systems are complex devices that change the surgical process for all involved. As with any new technology that represents a departure from previous approaches, preparation is critical to safe use. If surgeons, the rest of the surgical team, and associated staff are not sufficiently trained on how to use the robotic surgical system and how to perform a surgery under these unique conditions, adverse events can result.

In fact, ECRI Institute has investigated several surgical-robot-related adverse events in which situations unique to robot-assisted surgery likely contributed to patient harm. These events occurred because...

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