The question of who bears legal responsibility for ensuring the safe introduction of new technology (eg, robotic surgery) is receiving intense scrutiny in the US legal system. On February 9, 2017, the Washington State Supreme Court, in a reversal of a lower court ruling, issued a decision confirming that device manufacturers are indeed liable for ensuring that their product is safely adopted by its users.1 This Viewpoint will briefly review this landmark legal case and discuss its important implications for hospitals, surgical leadership, and individual surgeons.
Jason C. Pradarelli, Joseph P. Thornton, Justin B. Dimick. Who Is Responsible for the Safe Introduction of New Surgical Technology?An Important Legal Precedent From the da Vinci Surgical System Trials. JAMA Surg. 2017;152(8):717–718. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.0841