Journal of Robotic Surgery

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 251–253 | Cite as

Da Vinci robot emergency undocking protocol

  • O. E. O’Sullivan
  • S. O’Sullivan
  • M. Hewitt
  • B. A. O’Reilly
Original Article


The role of robot-assisted surgery across gynaecology is evolving with increasing numbers of procedures being undertaken with varying degrees of complexity. While the risk of conversion is low at approximately 1 %, the reasons for conversion are variable. These range from technical issues with the robot, surgical complications such as haemorrhage and anaesthetics issues such as an inability to ventilate the patient adequately. While many conversions to open or laparoscopic approach are not due to life-threatening indications, it is important that the theatre staff are aware of the indication and can perform an emergency undocking as effectively, efficiently and safely as possible when the need arises. Unfortunately, there is a paucity of the literature available outlining such protocols. For this reason, we developed an emergency undocking protocol clearly outlining the role of each theatre staff member and the need for clear concise communication.


Emergency Undocking Protocol Patient safety 


Compliance with ethical standards


This research has not received any funding.

Conflict of interest

O. E. O’Sullivan has received educational bursaries from Pfizer Ireland and Astellas. S. O’Sullivan has received educational bursaries from Pfizer Ireland and Astellas. M. Hewitt has acted as a mentor/proctor for intuitive surgical. B. A. O’Reilly has acted as a mentor/proctor for intuitive surgical. He has received educational grants from Pfizer Ireland and Astellas.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from the patient included in this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. E. O’Sullivan
    • 1
  • S. O’Sullivan
    • 1
  • M. Hewitt
    • 1
  • B. A. O’Reilly
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Robotic SurgeryCork University Maternity Hospital, WiltonCorkIreland

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