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Inexperience with new medical devices can cause doctor errors

Whenever we have surgery, we trust the that our doctors have the requisite training and skill to perform the procedure safely. But new surgical innovations can be brought into the medical field without established training requirements. This means a doctor could use a surgical tool while still working through a learning curve.

A patient may be subject to medical complications if treated improperly with a surgical tool. Therefore, a doctor must be well versed in the methodology necessary to use medical devices safely.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is responsible for approving medical devices prior to their introduction into the health care system. However, the FDA does not have a hand in training medical professionals in the use of these newly approved items.

According to the FDA, it is the health care facilities themselves that are responsible for the development and implementation of training programs designed at getting physicians prepared to safely use a new device.

A recent study yielded data indicating that there may be a greater likelihood of patients experiencing complications from surgery during the early implementation of surgical devices. The doctor, who is the lead author of the study, believes that a system by which new surgical technologies are disseminated through the medical community is in need of development.

Surgical errors can cause very serious medical complications. A doctor, who injures a patient because of inexperience with a particular tool, has committed an act of negligence and as such should be held responsible for any harmed caused.

If you or a family member were hurt due to what you believe was negligence on a doctor’s behalf you may wish to contact a Montana malpractice attorney. An attorney can conduct an investigation that might reveal deficiencies in a doctor’s abilities that may have led to the injury.

Source:, “Adoption of new surgical technology linked to complications,” Andrew M. Seaman, July 08, 2014

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