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Wisconsin Rep. seeks to give patients the option to have surgeries videotaped

Posted on October 8, 2015 1:25 pm under Medical Malpractice

In a recent article from The National Law Review, author Michael C. Ksiazek recalls his January blog about the development of a surgical “black box” by University of Toronto researchers in order to record surgeons’ actions during operations as well as create documentation of any errors committed while the patient is unconscious. According to its creators, the goal of this device would be to collect information for surgeons to review in the event of a mistake so that they could learn from it and prevent future errors.

Wisconsin Representative Christine Sinicki proposed legislation earlier this year to require surgical facilities to give their patients the option to have their surgery videotaped. Additionally, the bill would give patients the right to execute advance directives in which all of their surgeries would be recorded. Sinicki’s goal is to minimize malpractice by implementing more accountability on surgeons, as well as to give patients access to potential evidence in support of legitimate malpractice claims.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association as well as the Wisconsin Medical Society have made it clear that they stand against the bill, seeing it as a potentially detrimental tool in legal cases. At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, our attorneys understand how damaging medical errors can be, and we want to help victims of medical malpractice hold those responsible parties fully accountable for the consequences of their actions.