View Poll Results: Would you agree to being continuously videoed while hospitalized?

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  • Yes, this is a patient safety measure much needed!

    7 25.00%
  • Yes, to protect myself from abusive or negligent hospital staff

    3 10.71%
  • If I were confused and in danger of falling it might be a good idea

    4 14.29%
  • I don't know, what about everyone seeing my backside with those skimpy gowns?

    1 3.57%
  • No, then I wouldn't be able to sue under false pretences

    1 3.57%
  • It sounds like a total invasion of privacy.

    8 28.57%
  • How would I have a quickie with my girlfriend then?

    1 3.57%
  • Brave New World, here we go again!

    3 10.71%
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Thread: Would you agree to having video surveillance of you in your hospital bed?

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    Would you agree to having video surveillance of you in your hospital bed?

    The latest and greatest in hospitals is video surveillance of each patients bed. Hospitals are introducing this supposedly to meet the latest Joint Commission patient safety goals of reducing falls by hospitalized patients. Of course it has a side benefit of monitoring staff interactions with patients. Also it has been beneficial in countering false charges by litigious patients.

    Hospital Video Surveillance - Hospital International

    Would you agree to having you or your loved one under video surveillance continuously while hospitalized? I've been told there is a pause button to allow for some privacy. The video monitor would be at the nurses station.

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    Re: Would you agree to having video surveillance of you in your hospital bed?

    Like the tracking devices for children, I believe it might be a god idea in some cases, depending upon the situation.
    If an elderly parent had Alzheimers, for instance, and was hospitalized for some minor, unrelated procedure... it would be a relief to know they were being monitored by video surveillance and were in no danger of wandering away, or of being mistreated by anyone. Hospital staff is not there to babysit patients; family must sit with them in their rooms, or else they'll be all alone most of the time. With video surveillance, family members would be able to feel safer going down to the cafeteria for coffee or a bite to eat, or even home to shower and change clothes.
    I also think video surveillance might be a good idea for very young children in the hospital, for the same reasons.
    A mother in my city was recently discovered contaminating her child's IV line with feces at a local hospital. She apparently has Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, and is currently awaiting trial.
    Doctors became suspicious when her child never seemed to recover, and covertly placed a hidden camera in the child's hospital room. That's how they caught the mother.
    In situations like that, yeah, I totally agree with video cameras in hospital rooms. Her child would've died eventually, if she hadn't been caught.
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    Re: Would you agree to having video surveillance of you in your hospital bed?

    What if I get the urge to pleasure myself? Just let the Hospital have a FREE VIEWING? No, they can pay $3.99 like everyone else on the internet.

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    Re: Would you agree to having video surveillance of you in your hospital bed?

    Generally speaking, no I'm against it. I may have some perspective here, having just been released from the hospital: its intrusive enough without 24/7 monitoring.

    Now if there's a medically necessary reason and an incompetent patient, or the patient is ok with it, then whatever. Still, they'd need sufficient staff to monitor those cameras: hello increased costs.

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    Re: Would you agree to having video surveillance of you in your hospital bed?

    In general I am not against it, but it would have to be voluntary. If it is not, I would say no.
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    Re: Would you agree to having video surveillance of you in your hospital bed?

    I have no objections to it. How much privacy do you really expect in a hospital room anyway, with everyone coming and going as they please?

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    Re: Would you agree to having video surveillance of you in your hospital bed?

    I don't see it as making a big difference in privacy issues provided patients are given some control over it. Patient autonomy is rightfully the king of moral principles in medicine. So I would make it an "opt out" sort of thing. Patients can say, "I don't want you to view me during this hour," or at all, provided they are competent to make decisions. They can be advised that it may undermine safety, and if they understand and accept that then fine. But yeah, videotaping should be default though the patient should be made aware of it asap.

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