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Tell Your Patients to Drink Up - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - March 2019

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8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 1 9 I t's easy to lose sight of how vulnerable your patients are when they're laid out on the operating room table, sedated, anes- thetized, cold and exposed, precious little covering their bodies and their dignity. We've lost sight, too, on occasion, running photo- graphs of patients in most compromising positions on our covers, like these 2 below. Clearly, these photos reveal too much, "but at the same time, it's a reality of the unneces- sary exposure of many surgery patients in operating rooms," says Misty Roberts, the founder of Medical Patient Modesty (patientmodesty.org), a non- profit organization that works to educate patients about their rights to modesty in medical settings. "So many patients would cancel their surgery if they knew how exposed they would be," she adds. Ms. Roberts is urging hospitals and surgery centers to abandon the "ridiculous" policy that patients remove their underwear for surgeries on such areas as the knee or hand that do not involve genitals. A couple of orthopedic surgeons have taken matters into their own hands, inventing modesty garments. • Covr Medical (covrmedical.com). Concerned about how many of his hip surgery patients were unnecessarily exposed — and frustrated by the blue towels he used to cover patients' genitals that would often fall to the floor — Bruce Levy, MD, an orthopedic and sports medi- A Modest Proposal Join the movement to maintain your patients' privacy and dignity. Editor's Page Dan O'Connor

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