Audio-visual technology can be harnessed in productive and professional ways to improve the quality
of surgical care delivered to patients. Highly specific
and professional review of technical surgical skills leads
to improved individual technical performance and is
under scientific study for use in coaching programs,
much in the same way professional athletes use video
review to improve their performance. Video also is
used to evaluate team-based communication and to
improve team skills in high-stress settings, such as
trauma and code situations, both within and outside of
the operating room. However, introducing the potential of legal discovery and punishment may hinder these
activities in health care. Because of these potential negative side effects, the ACS will study video recording
further, as these bills are likely to resurface in Indiana
and Wisconsin, as well as other states.
Many important legislative efforts that affect surgical
care are debated in the state legislatures every year.
Fellows can have a real impact on the legislation lawmakers consider, as well as on the outcome of many of
these efforts. The College strongly encourages Fellows
to get involved in ACS chapter legislative advocacy
efforts and to work directly with the State Affairs staff
in the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy to
support quality patient care-related legislative priorities. For more information, e-mail State_Affairs@facs.
org, or call at 202-672-1522. ♦
STATE LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP
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