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Malpractice case highlights inadequate Da Vinci competency

Credentialing Resource Center Insider, May 26, 2010

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Surgeons at a New Hampshire hospital were not adequately competent to use the Da Vinci, according to a lawsuit filed by a woman who was accidentally injured during a hysterectomy. This lawsuit—claiming a lack of competency among surgeons using the Da Vinci—is similar to others around the country, according to a May 25 Wall Street Journal article.

The problem at the heart of the matter is that competency guidelines vary widely in the field. “Some surgeons experienced with the robot say it requires hundreds of cases to master. Some hospitals have rigorous robotic-training programs, but others let their surgeons use the complex machine unsupervised after just a few cases,” according to the article.

No doubt news stories like these will trigger medical staffs to reevaluate their robotic surgery guidelines.



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