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Study Shows Injuries Associated With da Vinci Surgical Robot Are Underreported

November 06, 2013

November 6, 2013

The da Vinci Surgical Robot is one of the most innovative new pieces of technology to be introduced within the surgical industry. The Indiana Defective Product Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys explain the device allows doctors to perform procedures with far less invasive techniques than ever before. However, there have been reports of problems associated with the device and some say injuries are going unreported.

A story published in an issue of DailyTech states that one recent study combed through 12 years of patient files associated with individuals who had undergone procedures using the Da Vinci Surgical System. The team discovered there were a total of 245 incidents of injury reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during that time, with 71 of those errors resulting in patient deaths.

The team was also able to conclude that a number of injuries and mistakes involving the robot went unreported. Eight cases involved errors being made when reporting a patient injury and another five cases where an injury report was never submitted to the FDA.

This discovery has many experts calling for a more standardized reporting process to be adopted by the FDA.

Stewart & Stewart and their team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the importance of holding medical device manufacturers accountable for patient safety. That is why the firm suggests speaking with an attorney if a defective medical product has harmed you.