Dancing With The Scars by Pat Conrad MD

We all spent some time in OR’s during medical school and residency, and got good first-hand looks at the cramped quarters, tense, tedious, and occasionally scary atmosphere.  And every single one of us heard surgeons cuss, tell dirty jokes, saw them throw things, pitch fits, and generally act in ways they would never tell their mama about.  Except for the most egregious episodes, we just learned that it was part of the OR and the surgeon’s irreverent kingdom.  And hell no, no one was filming it.

Northwestern University has published work suggesting that filming OR antics might not quite be the awesome idea it seems to some of the performers. 

“One plastic surgeon cradled the skin and fat he removed as part of a patient’s tummy tuck like a baby, and used a Snapchat filter to impose an infant’s face on it.”  Honestly, I think that’s funny.  Of course, I’ll bet the malpractice lawyer would too in the event of any bad outcome whatsoever.  But the hospital’s HIPAA commissar, or some bloodless, androgynous JCHAO pre-inspector probably would see no humor at all.

“In their paper, the Northwestern researchers suggest new guidelines such as letting patients know they can refuse to participate without affecting the quality of their care. The guidelines also suggest warning patients that there may be no way to delete the images once they’re posted and that the images could potentially be copied, manipulated and shared by others.”

No, I wouldn’t want my doc lip-synching – at least not to rap or bro’ country – in front of my intubated carcass, but more important, I wouldn’t want to know about it.  A little mystique can go a long way.  I think these plastic surgeons are stupid to risk that over a little extra marketing.

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  5 comments for “Dancing With The Scars by Pat Conrad MD

  1. Louise
    October 16, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Aaachhoo! I love their mask technique..God help you if you ever end up in the hospital.

  2. No No Nanette
    October 15, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    The lack of professionalism would be concerning if they were just the guy walking my dog….. Having my guts laid open by these idiots is a horrifying thought.

  3. Linda leonardo
    October 12, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Just came upon site. Retired nurse enjoys reading or an medical posts.

  4. Pat
    October 11, 2017 at 10:55 am

    ((Dang spell correct – supposed to be “scars”, not stars…well, you get the point ~ P))

  5. Steve O'
    October 11, 2017 at 8:02 am

    The Eye is coming to you! “The People” will argue that The Eye belongs in the surgical suite, so that any random web viewer can watch and comment on the surgeon’s technique, the conversation, etc.
    But I believe that The Eye is coming to the examination room where, for purposes of privacy and confidentiality ((?)) your entire interaction with the patient will be videotaped (but not live streamed.) That way, “The People” can judge if/when the doctor “missed the diagnosis” when palpating for an enlarged spleen. Lawyers will swoon. I will quit.

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