Live surgery may not be a great idea

May 2008
Healthcare Risk Management;May2008, Vol. 30 Issue 5, p55
The article reports on the decision of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons not to permit the plan of cardiothoracic surgeon Frederick Meadors to perform a live heart surgery on a patient. Robert A. Wynbrandt, executive director of the society, explains that members should not perform live surgery broadcasts to the general public because they may be distracted from their primary duty to the patient. In addition, the surgery broadcasts can increase the liability risk for surgeons and hospitals.


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