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A new trend that may develop in Pennsylvania surgical suites could allow medical teams and other interested parties to better pinpoint errors that occur during operative procedures. At least two states are considering giving patients the option of having their surgeries recorded which may help investigators isolate instances of malpractice. The actions of the various members of an operative team including surgeons, operative technicians, circulating nurses and anesthesiologists may be able to be monitored while the patient is under anesthesia.

The possibility of legislative action on the topic has left lawmakers, hospitals and physicians debating on the fairness to the operative team and the ability of a recording to capture all of the details that come together during surgery. Conversely, having a record of a procedure may afford some protection to patients who often fall victim to mistakes made by one or more staff members while under their care.

As the likelihood increases that recorded surgeries will become the norm, patients, lawmakers and the public are hopeful that the presence of audiovisual equipment in the operating suite will encourage the surgical staff to be more vigilant as they work. Though many patients experience poor outcomes after treatment due to natural causes, the recordings may provide crucial evidence for patients who have suffered from negligence.

Victims of surgical errors may be able to seek compensation for their losses by retaining the services of a personal injury lawyer who handles medical malpractice cases. Plaintiffs may be able to recover losses including hospital bills and other related costs by having an attorney negotiate on their behalf with the responsible party. If this fails, the attorney may file a lawsuit and allow the matter to be decided in court.

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