The selfie is now a widely accepted way of saying: "look, I'm doing something cool!" That being said, there are times when it's reasonable to take a selfie and times when it might be better to put the phone away. Would you feel comfortable with your doctors and nurses taking them while you were laying on the operating table?
Last month, a new surgical center opened in Niš, Serbia, with some of the first procedures occurring recently. This was documented in a most unusual way: doctors and nurses took selfies and posted them while in the middle of surgeries.
For me, there are three main issues. First, the patient is in an obviously compromised position and can't consent to being part of the image. Second, while I don't know if the phones were disinfected, cell phones are notorious for being mobile germ dens (seriously, prepare to be grossed out if you look it up), and given that operating rooms are supposed to be sterile, well, you can see the issue. Third, and perhaps most important, if my body is literally being cut open and operated on, I'd kind of prefer the people doing it to focus on that. It's the same reason we have the sterile cockpit rule in aviation. Of course, cultural norms of etiquette and procedures always lag behind technological advances, but this seems like common sense to me.
So, while some jobs are conducive to selfies, I don't think brain surgery is one of them. What do you think? Let us know in the poll and comments below.
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