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Making robotic surgery safe: why training is key to avoiding tragedy

An inquest into the death of a patient who underwent a robotically-assisted heart operation in the UK concluded that the patient’s death was directly caused by the operation and the robotic assistance, and noted a lack of benchmarks for training on new technologies. Robotic systems are already revolutionising surgery in many ways, but what training and support needs to be in place to make sure it’s safe?

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