Artificial Intelligence

Only Five Deaths During Surgery Were Directly Caused by Robotic Technical Errors Since 2000

Kif LeswingJuly 21st 2015
  • Out of 1.7 million surgical procedures assisted by robots between January 2000 and December 2014, 144 ended in death, 1391 included an injury, and the device malfunctioned over 8000 times.
  • But those injuries weren’t necessarily caused by the robots — only five deaths are specifically tied to technical errors.
  • What’s more, the number of injuries and deaths per procedure have stayed steady. But the use of robotic surgical tools will only continue to rise. The study hasn’t been peer reviewed yet, and doesn’t put the injury rates in context.

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