Researchers in Canada are working on a surgical tracking box, similar to the black boxes used to record the final events of an airplane, according to CNN.com. Rather than being used to analyze a disaster after it occurs, the surgical black box will be used to prevent surgical errors before they occur.
During the last 20 years, 80,000 “never events” – surgical errors that should not have happened– occurred in American hospitals, according to Johns Hopkins Researchers.
Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, a minimally invasive surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, was inspired to develop the surgical black box after years of witnessing the effects of surgical complications. He explained to CNN that the black box will decrease the number of complications from surgery by pinpointing mistakes and informing surgeons when they are veering off course.