We entrust our lives to medical personnel when we are undergoing a surgical procedure. We trust they treat us with dignity and respect when we are unconscious. The video below shows a terrifying truth. It was taken at a hospital showing several nurses dancing and giggling while preparing the patient for surgery.
A group of five medical professionals, including doctors and nurses, has been fired after a video of the group mocking a naked and unconscious patient was leaked online. As the man laid facedown on the operating table, he was completely exposed. During what should have been a moment treated with extreme respect and care, the medical staff, who danced around his nude body, were laughing wildly and repeatedly mocked him.
The respect for dignity of every patient is the most important thing in our clinic, therefore we strongly regret the inappropriate behavior of those who are working as professionals in the health sector, seen in the video recorded in one of our surgery rooms,” clinic bosses said in a statement. They added, “the five employees’ action are against the dignity of the patient and are breaking the protocols and the political values of our institution focused on the quality and humanization of our service.”
It is believed that a member of the operating team took the footage, which shows nurses and medics in scrubs laughing as they shimmy and dance around the man. The video made its way online and quickly went viral.
Perhaps what’s being missed as outrage ensues over the dancing are the health protocols that put not only this patient but all patients at risk. Distracted by the disrespectful display, many missed the fact that the surgical masks were also not worn correctly, which is a huge infection control risk.
Surgical masks are intended to cover both the mouth and nose, but in the video, the staff is seen with their noses out, completely defeating the purpose of the surgical mask. What’s worse, all of this professionally trained individuals are making the same mistake with not one person speaking up about the obvious breach of standard infection control measures for an operating room.
A surgical mask, also known as a procedure mask, is intended to be worn by health professionals during surgery and during nursing to catch the bacteria [and other microorganisms] shed in liquid droplets and aerosols from the wearer’s mouth and nose. -Wikipedia
“This is the first time in seven years of good service that we are living a situation like this and we have taken some measures in order not to repeat these horrific acts,” said a spokesman for the clinic where the debauchery went down. However, he failed to elaborate on the “measures” being taken to ensure something like this would not happen again in the future.
The staff in this video should be ashamed of themselves. It takes a selfless person to enter the field of medicine, where complete strangers must be able to trust you with their lives. If you’re the sort of individual who would betray that trust by not only mocking a naked, unconscious patient at their most vulnerable and helpless moment but also failing to do a simple task like wearing a mask correctly, perhaps another line of work would be a better choice. Or, perhaps, you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror and do some serious self-reflection on your own short-comings.