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Equipment-related failures common in Operation Theater
Dr KK Aggarwal | 19 Aug 2013

Commenting on the subject, Padma Shri & Dr. BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India said that lack of equipments availability accounted for 38% of all failures and direct malfunctioning of the equipment accounted for 34%.

As per a study published in BMJ Quality and Safety July Edition, equipment related errors are responsible for 20% of all errors that occur in the operating room.

 Commenting on the subject, Padma Shri & Dr. BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India said that lack of equipments availability accounted for 38% of all failures and direct malfunctioning of the equipment accounted for 34%.

 Many cases of equipment failure have also been reported in Indian circumstances though most of them go unnoticed. It is not unusual for the patient under anesthesia to wait for procurement of a particular device or non-availability of the right size of the interventional device.

 In the study, 21% of all errors were serious errors with equipment problem, communication failure and technical fault amounting to 21% and 13% of major failures respectively.

 Assessing a checklist specifically including an equipment check, the error can be reduced by up to 60%.

 In the US, such an error would lead to a malpractice suit and in India it will be considered either as a deficiency of service or a medical accident as the case may be. 

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