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3-Minute Turnover - December 2018 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 1 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 W hat can go wrong during robot-assisted surgery? Plenty. To name a few: burned organs from stray electricity, nicked bowels, stabbed arteries and retained robjects (yes, broken or burned pieces of the robot falling into the patient's body). Yes, when a robot malfunctions during surgery, bad things can happen, including inconvenience, injury or even death. As more surgeons in more specialties trade in their scalpels for joy- sticks and foot pedals, it's important not to lose sight of the serious risks that accompany the many benefits of robotic systems for minimal- ly invasive surgery. Here's how to handle technical difficulties and in- procedure complications. • CONTINGENCY PLANNING Give your staff troubleshooting training to handle robotic emergencies. Shirin Towfigh, MD Jill Hayward, BSN, RN, CNOR | Los Angeles, Calif. When the Robot Malfunctions Prepare for the unexpected so glitches don't lead to disastrous outcomes.

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