Would using cameras in operating rooms improve patient safety?

Would using cameras in operating rooms improve patient safety?

A 2016 Johns Hopkins study revealed that medical mistakes account for nearly 250,000 deaths each year, making it the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer. Deadly medical errors range from surgical errors, to prescription mix-ups, misdiagnoses, and communication failure. Additionally, when and where you receive your care may influence the quality of treatment. Newly introduced legislation is aimed at improving patient care by increasing transparency. Janes Law, named after Jane Ayers who died in an operating room during a routine procedure, allows patients to request video and audio recording in the operating room.

While critics of the bill say that it would be disruptive to hospital staff, proponents cite studies that show cameras have led to increased accountability, which has translated into improved safety in other areas. Further, should an operation have a poor outcome, both the patient/patient’s family and the medical team could review the recording. If a mistake was made, then steps could be taken to prevent the error in the future. If the proper steps were taken during the procedure, but a poor outcome resulted through the fault of no one, then the recordings would reveal this as well. Currently no states have laws providing for the recording of operating room procedures.

As San Diego medical malpractice attorneys, we support all efforts to improve patient safety. For more information or if you or a loved one has suffered harm from a medical error, please contact our California medical negligence lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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