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Surgery Etiquette

by Rathi Manohar on  April 11, 2011 at 11:24 PM Hospital News   - G J E 4
A 'gentle reminder' has been issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia to its surgeons not to indulge in unrelated conversations during surgery.
 Surgery Etiquette
Surgery Etiquette
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The 11,000 doctors in the province received the advisory just as the National Hockey League is about to take place.  It was sent in response to a complaint from a patient who reported that his surgeon talked about hockey with staff members the whole time he was carrying out the procedure. The patient, having been given a local anesthetic, heard the entire conversation, while worrying over his surgeon's concentration on his job.

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 Dr. Heidi Oetter, Registrar of the province's College of Physicians and Surgeons said that while small talk or music may help the surgeons to relax or be more focused, patient-needs must be considered first. If a patient feels distinctly uncomfortable over his surgeon's seemingly divided attention, then his feeling must become the priority.

As Dr. Oetter remarks, it is a patient-centered system and the patient's comfort level needs to be considered first.



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