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Can Video Recording by Doctors Improve Safety?

As increasingly more doctors use small cameras to treat patients, an article in the Los Angeles Times reports some patient-safety experts are advising doctors to hit the record button to improve safety and catch mistakes. One expert cites an example of the benefit from a study, in which 98 colonoscopies were recorded by seven gastroenterologists, and “After telling them they were being filmed, the mean inspection time increased 49% and the quality of inspection improved 31%.” Another example of its benefit is demonstrated at “Long Island’s North Shore University Hospital, which installed cameras to monitor hand washing among its medical staff. As a result, compliance increased from 6.5% to 81.6%.”

Read it in the Los Angeles Times.