Would You Support Cameras in Operating Rooms?

A Toronto surgeon has created a “black box” that would capture a patient’s physical data with video and audio recordings of an operation so that doctors can review their work in the same way athletes watch videos of their performances. Would you support cameras in operating rooms? Cast your vote and share your thoughts in today’s poll.

Also, read the full story in The Washington Post.

Would You Support Cameras in Operating Rooms?

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Colleen August 31, 2015 at 6:31 pm

I agree with Cathy and wayne. I think that the patient should have the final say and if they decide to give up the privacy right they should recieve a copy of the video. Not only does it provide a learning environment but, it can also be helpful for the consumer who recieved the procedure.


Wayne Hamilton August 31, 2015 at 1:04 pm

I am concerned with confidentiality. The patient should have the final say on electronic surveillance.

However, I can see immense value in viewing procedures this way. It benefits both the expert and student. This would be a significant tool for OR staff.


Roberta Jones MSN CNOR August 31, 2015 at 12:50 pm

I believe that using technology to develope best practice in the operating room would be a benefit. It could be viewed by not only surgeons but OR staff.
I also think that review of operation may improve the culture of quality, safety, respect and teamwork. It would help in risk and safety.
Encryption of the video would be a must. Then after so many views it will be digitally destroyed.


R August 31, 2015 at 10:00 am

It depends on how the videos are used. If it is being used as a peer review quality indicator that is one thing, if used for the medical record that is another. Audio recording is problematic since discussions regarding the care other patients could be recorded. Also, storing that volume of videos will be expensive if it is retained for the medical record vs. erased after peer review use. Most surgeries that are uncomplicated would not need to be stored or could be edited to show critical findings. Parameters for that would have to be developed.


C August 31, 2015 at 9:39 am

Cameras are unbiased observers. They may not capture all possible data but of that which is captured, it's an honest account. I hope it can be used as a learning tool as well as feedback to those who perform the procedures. Physicians-in-training are taught not to admit mistakes but that culture leads to continuation of bad practices, distrust among providers and distrust between providers and patients. Let's all take the scrutiny and always do better.


June August 31, 2015 at 9:31 am

This is an opportunity to improve clinical skills for all team members, to develope and improve procedure processes and patiet care. It can be a win/win if appropiately developed to educational grow and support the entire care team.


Cathy August 31, 2015 at 9:16 am

I can understand the doctors wanting this from a "learning" prospective, but I also would want a copy in case something goes wrong. Would not want the tape to mysteriously disappear.


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