Many Pennsylvania residents know that an error could potentially take place while a patient is in surgery. As a result of such an error, an individual could have lasting negative effects that may have been avoided if a doctor or other staff member had not made the mistake. In such cases, some parties may wish to pursue a medical malpractice case in order to seek compensation for the negative outcomes of the mistake and hope to have enough evidence to hold the doctor and/or hospital liable.
Some hospitals in other areas have contemplated having a surgical "black box" similar to those on aircraft that track the actions of the pilot and plane. In relation to hospital procedures, this box would record the actions of a doctor during surgery or other procedures to ensure that the doctor followed the proper methods for performing the task. In theory, this recorded information could potentially help determine whether mistakes were made during surgery that may have led to a detrimental outcome for a patient.