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Clear Cut - July 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 3 J U LY 2 0 1 5 | O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T bill say that malpractice cases may be prevented if docs know they are being watched. The bill, called the "Julie Ayer Rubenzer Law," was inspired by the story of a woman who died from an anesthesia overdose in Florida in 2003. Ms. Rubenzer was undergoing a breast augmenta- tion surgery in Florida when her surgeon — who did not have an anesthesia provider present in the room — gave Ms. Rubenzer too much propofol, according to court records. She fell into a coma and died several days later. Prosecutors declined to press charges against the doctor, though he did eventually lose his license. Following the incident, Ms. Rubenzer's brother formed the National Organization for Medical Malpractice Victims and began pushing for black boxes in the OR that could be used to prosecute cases like his sister's. Not all are pleased with the proposed law. "Improving the quality and safety of care takes hard work, communi- cation and commitment. Those efforts will hardly be furthered by this proposal, and it may in fact do just the opposite," says the Wisconsin Hospital Association. "We are disappointed with this legislation and the rationale behind its creation." Though efforts to install cameras in the OR are continuing to garner attention, the movement is still in its early stages. While the bill, if approved, would be the first of its kind in the country, it's not expected to pass the legislature this year. The Virginia man who was repeatedly mocked and insulted while he InstaPoll Are surveillance cameras in the OR a good idea? yes 39% no 41% unsure 20% SOURCE: Outpatient Surgery Magazine InstaPoll, June 2015, n=246

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