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David wrote at 2013-07-17 03:02:47
IF anyone believes this poor excuse of an answer by a "so-called" medical professional, then I would like to sell you some beach-front property in Arizona. Who am I to answer something like this? I am an Orthopedic Physician Assistant/Surgical Tech with fifteen (15) years of experience. I have walked in to an OR where the patient, male or female, is lying completely naked and have no idea of how long they have been there. Usually when asked why this is happening the OR nurses state that they are waiting on the Doctor to tell them what area is to be exposed. WRONG--this is on the surgical charge sheet that is in place for that particular OR and patient well before the patient is brought into the OR. YES, OR nurses, male or female, do violate a patients modesty almost every day in our business. The old statement used by most OR staff of "they are asleep, they don't even know what is going on" absolutely hurts me when I hear this. The chances of YOU being completely naked (nude is too nice a word for this) in most any operating room are very good. I have only seen one hospital OR where I felt that patients were being treated with dignity. This was in my surgical tech rounds and the hospital had semi-sterile paper underwear (albeit boxer short style) and bras for the patient to wear. Neither of these were removed during surgery unless they absolutely had to be removed. I talked in length with patients as to how they felt wearing these before and after the surgeries. I have seen abdominal surgeries, GYN/OB surgeries, and Ortho extremity surgeries done with the patients wearing these "blues" as they are called due to their color. The overwhelming opinion were that these clothing items gave the patients a sold sense of modesty while they were surgical patients. ALL patients have a right to refuse to remove clothing that they don't want to have removed before surgery. I have never seen a surgeon yet who would not work with a patient on this matter. The hospital staff's objective is to "push them through" the OR area so they can go home.  

GaryRN.MS wrote at 2014-05-05 16:30:20
As an RN and medical professional for 40 years, I have to say that nudity in surgery is not meant for any perverse reason. The draping I have seen done is usually when the surgeon enters. People should be a nude as possible for surgery just in case cardiac arrest or some other crisis happens. That being said,  the area for the surgery is usually bare, and the rest of the body is draped. That is as it should be. In post op, I woke up in a gown and all the catheters and iv's were were. One time I had gall bladder surgery, and my second was penis surgery, so I was exposed twice. It did not matter to me, as I was unconscious, and I know the professionals were there to do a surgical job. Nudity has been sexualized in our culture and that is a problem that could cost a life.

Maud wrote at 2015-10-11 20:31:09
Of course,nudity is not meant for any perverse reason but still. We don't live in a world where it's usual to be nude in front of strangers,even if they're doctors and see naked people all the time. Wouldn't it be any solution,maybe bring patient in later,to avoid their exposition?

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