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Doctors’ Selfies at Operating Table Sparks Controversy
In the last two years, a surge of “selfies" swept
through China Mainland.
Chinese selfie photos are popular on all occasions.
But the selfie, regardless of the occasion, has also had
a very bad effect and caused even irreversible damage.
Recently, a group of photos of “doctors’ selfies
at the operating table" spread on the Internet,
which sparked a storm in a teacup.
Doctor’s ethics, the doctor-patient relationship
and other topics are being discussed again,
and this even led to bickering
between medical staff and the media.
On Dec 20, a group of selfies of doctors
at the operating table, which show them
hands on hips, stretching v-shape hands,
hanging off each others’ arms, were exposed on Weibo,
and then rapidly spread through the Internet.
From the photos, it can be clearly seen that the patient
undergoing surgery still lay on the operating table, naked.
But the doctors were playing selfies alongside him,
even the doctor responsible for stitches still did not forget
to look at the camera, and furthermore some doctors
took off gloves and masks for taking the pictures.
The caption for the group of photos is: “I would like to say
no wonder doctor-patient relationships become so tense.
As a paramedic professional, what are you doing
while carrying out surgery?"
The person who posted the photos said that these photos
were from a hospital in Xi’an, and the staff of this hospital
personally took the photos and then distributed them
among the circle of friends, and he reprinted the photos
from the Internet space of his schoolfellow.
Because his schoolfellow is also in the photos,
it is inconvenient to disclose the name of the hospital.
The purpose of exposing the photos is to inform the media
and crackdown on such bad conduct.
But probably the person who posted the photos did not
expect this to lead to a war of words among doctors,
netizens and the media.
The hospital on the selfie was quickly exposed.
It is Fengcheng Hospital in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province.
Many netizens angrily questioned the doctors:
where are the medical ethics?
Where are the professional ethics?
Netizen Mr Zhou from Hunan Province: “They do not
lack medical ethics. They actually have no medical ethics.
They do not have this awareness – awareness of service.
They have worked purely for work,
and they do not think their job is so sacred."
Some netizens also suggested:
will the patient’s body half-naked in the photos be
considered a violation on the patient’s right to know
and a portrait copyright without the patient’s consent?
In this regard, some netizens responded:
“Selfies at operating table" just expose
the tip of the iceberg. In fact, a similar situation
is very common in the hospitals in China mainland.
Hunan netizen Mr Zhou: “A friend of mine is a doctor
who used to look at her chest even if
when he did the operation on a girl
it had nothing to do with her chest.
So the fact that they stopped the operation and took pictures
for uploading seem to be commonplace here."
In addition to hot responses from netizens, the accusations
from the major media are also overwhelming.
Shaanxi City Express, which promptly reproduced the photos
on the microblog, put questions:
“Is this really good to cut poses in the operating room?"
The Qianzhang Network questions:
“Are photos more important than human life?"
Jing Chu: “Those doctors may regard the patient
as a theatrical prop. They did not have an awareness
of reverence for life, or respect for the patient."
Zheng Xiaoju is a doctor of Xi’an Fengcheng Hospital.
When she was interviewed by Chinese media,
she explained that the photo was taken on August 15
when it was the last surgery.
After seven hours without food or drink,
finally the operation saved the left leg
for a 40-year-old farmer.
They took the pictures because they felt very excited.
The photos were regarded as a farewell to the operating room.
A name “Lynx in white clothing" microblogging account
certified as “Deputy chief physician of surgery
of Zhejiang Province Assistance to Xinjiang"
also commented as below
“The first photo shows the key surgeon has stepped down,
two assistant are suturing the skin.
The second and third photos show the completeness
of the surgery, and the patient will be soon
returned to the ward.
The success of a highly challenging operation
and the safety of the patient make the doctors happier
than the patient’s family.
To take pictures at the operating table for reference is
originally a good matter…"
“Lynx in white clothing" believes that doctors
taking photographs is not wrong,
but the media’s “malicious provocation" is wrong,
and suggested that the Shaanxi police investigate
the liability of the publisher of the photos.
His view won the support of many groups of physicians,
and targeted the media, claiming that the media
over-interpreted the photos and exacerbated
the conflicts between doctors and patients.
In this regard, the media quickly hit back:
the hospital expressly stipulates that any person entering
the operating room is not allowed to bring
any personal items into the work area, or even to walk
around talking something unrelated to surgery.
First, in the absence of doctors fully performing their duties,
they are absent without leave for taking pictures.
Secondly, the phone brought into the operating room
cannot be guaranteed sterile.
Beijing non-government public health organization
“Yi Ren Ping Center" Director Mr Lu Jun:
“According to my own medical experience, in some areas
of the hospital in which electronic equipment is used,
it is required not to use the cell phone.
I think, in the operating room, because the cell phone
is an electronic device as well, perhaps it affects
the normal use of some medical equipment
and interferes with the function of precision instruments,
this is very problematic."
Mr Zhang Zangning is a professor of Law, and the Director
of Medical Jurisprudence Research Institute
of Southeast University.
He said that since 1949, China mainland has paid
no attention to the doctor’s humanitarian education
for long periods, and many medical teaching institutions
only emphasize imparting knowledge.
These result in a general phenomenon
that doctors lack medical ethics education
and a humane culture.
In the evening of Dec 21, Xi’an Municipal Health Bureau
iannounced the punishment on Xi’An Fengcheng Hospital.
The Executive Dean of the Hospital is punished
with demerit on probation for one year.
The administrative positions of the Deputy Dean
responsible for the operation,
one Anesthesia Branch Director,
and one head nurse are all dismissed.
All the staff involved in the photos were asked
to write repentance letters, demerit,
and withholding bonuses for three months.
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