Saturday, August 30, 2014
A Black Box for the Operating Room
Airliners have them, trains have them, and now,even automobiles have them. How many
times have we heard about the search for the black box?
It may be coming to an operating room near you.
Researchers in Canada have created a surgical "black box" that tracks surgeons' movements during an operation
So far, Grantcharov's black box has been tested on about 40 patients undergoing laparoscopic weight-loss surgery. Teodor Grantcharov, a minimally invasive surgeon at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Unlike the so-called black boxes in aviation, which are used after disasters occur, the surgical black box Grantcharov is creating will be used proactively to prevent major patient complications.
Inside the operating room, video cameras track every movement. Outside, a small computer-like device analyzes the recordings, identifying when mistakes are made and providing instant feedback to surgeons as they operate.