When something goes wrong during a surgical operation, the only people who can describe what happened are those who were present in the operating room. This is usually limited to members of the medical team, who may be the very people responsible for surgical errors or negligence.
However, new legislation might change this. A bill called “Julie’s Law” that was recently introduced in Wisconsin would allow patients to request audio and visual recordings of their surgical procedures. The bill would also fine health care providers up to $25,000 for refusing to comply.
Julie’s Law was named for a 38-year-old woman who died following breast augmentation surgery. Her family believes medical malpractice occurred. Hearing records show that doctors waited several minutes before starting chest compressions after she flat-lined, her doctor was not licensed to practice anesthesia, and there was no anesthesiologist present.
Proponents of the bill say it would help to identify and prove human error during procedures, or it would help to protect medical professionals by showing that they did nothing wrong. Advocates also point to other professions like police work, where recordings are used as lives are on the line. Supporters believe that having the option of cameras in the operating room could improve the quality and safety of health care. Opponents, however, believe it could do just the opposite, creating additional stress in an already high-stress situation.
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