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Surgeries in Arizona could be recorded

Patient safety during surgery is paramount in Arizona hospitals. This is why there are established protocols for preparing surgical instruments, sanitizing the room and avoiding infections, as well as team meetings to deal with unexpected developments during the procedure.

Even with all of these precautions, issues may occur during a surgery that could cause complications. This may lead to questions about what actually happened during the procedure. Because of this, more procedures are being recorded. While only a handful of states require surgical procedures to be recorded, many others are considering such measures. 

The basic reasoning behind the recording push is that the more information potential medical malpractice plaintiffs have regarding botched surgeries, the less likely that these cases will need to be litigated in court. If hospitals and doctors accused of malpractice can actually see the errors of their ways, the more likely that a settlement will be reached without protracted litigation. Additionally, medical students could gain more knowledge about the procedures they will perform and learn from potential mistakes.

However, not everyone shares this sentiment. There are some hospitals and doctors who only believe that recording procedures will only drive up the price of settlements in medical malpractice suits, which could ultimately cost more money anyway.

In the meantime, it remains to be seen whether future surgical procedures in Arizona will be recorded. If you have questions about information relating to your surgery in considering a medical malpractice lawsuit, an experienced attorney can advise you.

The preceding is not legal advice.

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