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Friday, February 5, 2010

No responsibility for da Vinci error

U.S Court of Appeals dismiss charges that a software failure of the da Vinci might have caused post-operation complications of a patient in Philadelphia.
"A federal appeals court clears Intuitive Surgical Inc. in a case involving a malfunction of one of its da Vinci surgical robots during a prostatectomy.
A federal appeals court cleared Intuitive Surgical Inc. (NSDQ:ISRG) of any liability in a lawsuit alleging that one of its malfunctioning da Vinci surgical robots caused a Pennsylvania man's erectile dysfunction.
Roland Mracek sued Intuitive after undergoing a prostatectomy at Bryn Mawr hospital in June 2005. During the surgery, the da Vinci robot went on the fritz and displayed error messages; after his surgical team and an Intuitive rep couldn't make the robot work, surgeons performed a traditional laparoscopic prostatectomy, according to court documents. A week later Mracek suffered an episode of gross hematuria (visible blood in the urine) and later developed severe groin pain and erectile dysfunction.
The U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit's three-judge panel upheld the U.S. District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania's March 2009 decision that Mracek failed to prove that the robot's malfunction caused his injury. (Read more)"

More about da Vinci failures.

Source: Mass Device
Illustration is from a previous case: Koliakos (2008)


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