Surgery is scary enough without having to worry that the medical staff tasked with your operation might do something vile and unethical to you while you’re unconscious. For one patient, these fears became a horrifying reality, compounded by the fact that it was all caught on camera and posted online for the world to see as he laid naked on the operating table.
A group of five medical professionals, including doctors and nurses, have been fired after a video of the group mocking a naked and unconscious patient was leaked online, where it subsequently went viral as it shocked viewers who couldn’t believe what they were seeing.
As the man lay face-down on the operating table, he was completely exposed. During what should have been a moment treated with the utmost respect and care, he was repeatedly mocked by the medical staff, who danced around his nude body, laughing wildly.
“The group of doctors and nurses can be heard laughing raucously as they danced around the patient at the Santa Cruz de Bocagrande clinic in Bolivar, Colombia. The patient was unconscious and lying completely naked face down awaiting surgery on the operating table,” Mail Online reported.
“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,” the outlet further explained.
“The respect for (the) 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 that the five employees’ actions “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.”
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 these 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 microrganisms] shed in liquid droplets and aerosols from the wearer’s mouth and nose. [Source: 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 specific “measures” being taken to ensure something like this would not happen again in the future, which hasn’t helped to ease any minds.
When videos such as this surface online, many are led to wonder about everything that we don’t get to see. In other words, if this is what we now know about, imagine how many other disconcerting events are going on behind the scenes, which we are never made aware of. Unfortunately, these concerns are likely to make at least a few people think twice before receiving the medical care they need.
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. The women seen here, don’t fit that bill and should have their medical licenses revoked.
If you’re the sort of individual who would betray the public’s 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.