Should Cameras Be Allowed in the Delivery Room?

The February 20 issue of Newsweek carries an article about hospitals banning camerals in the delivery room. According to the article the "official reasons" are privacy and safety concerns. The real reason, though, must be because videotapes sometimes do yield evidence of medical malpractice. So are the hospital's afraid of what the tapes would show? We certainly have seen cases where fetal heart monitor strips have "dissapeared" after a child is injured at birth.

What do you think? Should videotapes be allowed in the delivery room. Why don't we make videotaping mandatory for all deliveries? How about all surgeries. If their was no malpractice (as is the case most of the time) then the doctors should be happy. Heck, most responsible doctors should WANT the videotape running.

 

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