In a recent feature in the National Post, Dr. James Stempien (MD), Provincial Head, Department of Emergency Medicine at the USask College of Medicine and the Saskatchewan Health Authority, discusses how more people are asking to record their own emergency procedures, a self-documentary trend that’s creating controversy among medical staff.
“I think most of the patients were saying, ‘I find it interesting, I want to show my mother, I’m going to show my girlfriend,’” Stempien said, in an interview with the National Post.
“And I think some of the hesitancy among the healthcare staff was: what are they going to do with it? Are they going to post it on Facebook? Are they going to put it on social media? Are they going to use it as some form of complaint if they were unhappy?”
The study, co-authored with Taofiq Oyedokun, Andrew Donauer and Shari McKay, found that most patients (62 per cent) believed they should be allowed to video record their emergency procedures, versus 28 per cent of emergency department (ED) doctors and nurses.