Lamson, Dugan and Murray, LLP, Attorneys at Law

Selfies are fun (unless you are performing surgery)!

Posted in Disciplinary Actions, Health Care Law, HIPAA, Medical Malpractice

Let’s be honest.  Selfies are fun.  They are great ways of capturing the moment.  Like my daughter and I on the merry-go-round at FunPlex this summer.  Selfies can also get you in lots of trouble. I can honestly say I have  never had a doctor or other health care provider ask whether taking a selfie during surgery is a good idea.  It’s not.  As some doctors in China recently discovered.

20140925_184437Here are a few reasons why it is a bad idea:

– HIPAA does not approve;

– Plaintiffs’ lawyers would certainly not approve;

– your hospital/clinic/employer would not approve;

– your patient probably did not approve (i.e., provide informed consent); and

– your own lawyer certainly would not approve.

The selfie-happy doctors in China were reprimanded and docked three months of pay, a slap on the wrist compared to what could have happened.  The moral of this story: save your selfies for somewhere other than the OR!


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