Laparoscopic Error (More Info)
Description: Regardless of the surgical procedure, laparoscopy adds risks that are associated with the endoscopic technique and instrumentation. These risks are reflected in the vascular and organ injuries attributed to needle and trocar entry. Experts expected that the rate of these injuries would reduce as surgeons and hospitals built expertise through volume of operations performed. However, no such trend has yet been recognized. Why not? The quandary is clear: on one hand, laparoscopy provides many benefits to patients, including shorter recovery times but on the other hand, surgeons must assess the risks, based on their levels of expertise. Patient factors should weigh heavily in the decision: for a riskier patient, performing a riskier procedure may be inadvisable. Using detailed medical illustrations and an interactive learning design, this toolkit uses a systems view to frame the common technical errors associated with laparoscopy. It also provides practical tips for both surgeons and their supporting clinical teams to reduce the errors commonly associated with malpractice claims after laparoscopy. The toolkit also provides team communication tips and information on how surgical support teams, including nurses, can appropriately assess patient risk. It also outlines tips to help nurses draw on their powers of influence and persuasion to help a surgeon understand risk concerns around a procedure.
Submitted by: Advanced Practice Strategies
Added: Tue May 31 2011