A recent study by Johns Hopkins researchers found that tracking orthopedic surgical trainees using step-by-step checklists was more effective when paired with an error tracking system. While checklists of surgical procedure steps are effective, they do not measure the quality of trainee performance. Feedback on errors is an equally important part of training, according to one of the professors involved in the study.
Most surgical training models use case numbers to determine a trainee's level of mastery over a procedure. However, these numbers say nothing of skill level. Evaluation on cadavers makes it possible for trainees to learn from their surgical mistakes as they work in a safe capacity. Cadaver training provides the opportunity to hone surgical skills before working on human patients.
The Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills was modified by Johns Hopkins researchers to work with surgical procedures on the shoulder. Researchers assessed 23 medical students according to their adherence to the modified OSATS as well as a pass-fail system. Future research is expected to concentrate on adapting the OSATS checklist to serve as a standard and objective evaluation for specific procedures.
Surgical errors can lead to serious medical complications, injury or even death. Victims of such mistakes may be eligible to receive personal injury compensation. From medical costs associated with correcting the error to long-term injuries and a loss of physical ability, victims may receive compensation for a variety of damages. A lawyer might be able to help victims hold negligent physicians, hospitals and operating room staff responsible for a lack of care shown during surgery. Victims may also recover damages for pain and suffering associated with the injury.