The use of video in Endoscopic, Laparoscopic, and Thoracoscopic procedures raise important medical, ethical, AND legal questions, not found in the pre-VCR era. Let's use that newly discovered function of for-surgeons.com to conduct an informal survey of the pro's and con's of this technology. And now on to the questions.
1. Do you video tape all of your procedures?
1a. Do you tell the patient that their case is stored on video?
1b. How long do you keep the tape?
1c. Do you use the tape for M&M meetings or other teaching opportunities?
2. Do you Video tape some of your procedures
2a. Do you tell the patient that there case is stored on video?
2b. How long do you keep the tape?
2c. Do you use the tape for M&M meetings or other teaching opportunities?
2d. What are your criteria for determining which cases to record:
--foresee a difficult case?
--foresee difficult anatomy?
3. Do you tape any of your procedures?
3a. Why Not? (Please be as accurate as possible)
4. What are your personal and professional beliefs as to:
4a. Does videotaping fall into "informed consent"
4b. Are you more or less likely to record , considering the legal evidence a tape can provide (For and Against)
4c. What do you feel are the ethical implications of videotaping?
Thank you for you responses, I hope this short survey will give us insight to how others feel about this emerging technology.