In a case that could have broad repercussions throughout the medical industry, the first trial involving Intuitive Surgical Inc.'s robotic surgery system is wrapping up this week. The lawsuit could wind up forcing Intuitive Surgical to change its product to ensure that is safe enough for use in hospitals in California and around the nation.
A recent study by the Boston Consulting Group, Texas Health Resources and Harvard's schools of medicine and public health confirmed something medical malpractice attorneys see frequently: Hospitals can benefit from surgical errors and other medical errors.
In the past few years, robotics has made its way into our hospitals, claiming to be more exact than hands-on surgery. "At the console, [certain operations] can be performed effectively and precisely, translating to superior quality," one surgeon said about the da Vinci robot. But could they cause more harm than good?
It has been less than a week since state and federal officials announced the disturbing results of an inspection at an Oklahoma dental practice. The aftermath of this announcement should be a strong reminder to dentists in California and around the nation - patient safety requires careful sterilization practices.