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Could cameras in the OR make surgery safer?

Many people in Missouri have heard stories of surgeries gone wrong. From
objects being left inside patients to operations on the wrong body part,
these surgical errors make it hard not to feel a little nervous about
the thought of undergoing an operation.

Those who feel concerned about the possibility of surgical errors may be
interested to hear about a new idea being proposed by a lawmaker in Wisconsin.
Her idea is to have surgeries recorded — or at least to allow patients
to decide if they want their surgery recorded.

The hope is that audio and video recordings of surgery will give the surgeon,
the patient and his or her family members a way to look back at the surgery
and determine what went wrong if it is clear that something did. The lawmaker\’s
proposed legislation would also allow people to include a request for
recorded surgeries in their advance directives.

Of course, having a video tape of the surgery will help victims of medical
error beyond just knowing what went wrong. They could end up with clear
video evidence of a surgical mistake, which would very likely bolster a
medical malpractice claim against the operating physician and the hospital.

As other states consider making recorded surgeries an option for patients,
we are curious: What do you think about this idea? If you were scheduled
for surgery, would you elect to have it recorded?

Source: The National Law Review, \”Are Recorded Surgeries the Future of Medical Malpractice Investigation
and Medical Error Prevention?
\” Michael C. Ksiazek, July 29, 2015

Car Accidents

Older drivers: Safer than ever before

The Baby Boom generation has been America\’s largest generation in history. But as its members began to gray and approach retirement, safety researchers worried that aging Boomers would increase the number of car accidents on our nation\’s highways. But older Joplin drivers should be reassured: today\’s drivers age 70 or above are less likely to be in traffic accidents than previous generations. More good news: today\’s older drivers are less

Medical Malpractice

Could cameras in the OR make surgery safer?

Many people in Missouri have heard stories of surgeries gone wrong. From objects being left inside patients to operations on the wrong body part, these surgical errors make it hard not to feel a little nervous about the thought of undergoing an operation. Those who feel concerned about the possibility of surgical errors may be interested to hear about a new idea being proposed by a lawmaker in Wisconsin. Her

Truck Accidents

Rolling with Giants: Tips for Sharing the Roadway

In today’s busy world, many of us are constantly on the run. With the constant go, go, go, it is easy to forget about those not so gentle giants we share the road with – semi-trucks.  It is almost certain that whether you’re traveling through town or on the highway, you will be in the company of these vehicles. Because of this certainty, I want to share a few tips

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