Operating Room “Black Box” Developed to Find Surgical Errors

A Toronto surgeon has developed a surgical “black box” similar to the devices used in airplane cockpits to determine how surgical errors occur and improve patient safety.
According to one media report, Doctor Teodor Grantcharov came up with the idea in order to prevent surgical errors and provide medical professionals with an evaluative tool in preventing such errors in the future. “Inspired by a crucial element of aircraft-accident investigations, the respected surgeon has developed an “O.R. black box” to help get to the bottom of potentially harmful errors made during operations — errors that are blamed for hundreds of deaths in Canada every year. The equipment simultaneously records video and audio of what is happening both in the operating room and inside the patient’s body, generating a detailed electronic log of the treatment, mistakes and all.”