Public outraged with Serbian doctors taking selfies during a surgery

Jan 12, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Public outraged with Serbian doctors taking selfies during a surgery

Jan 12, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Okay, I think the selfie-craze has gone too far. The doctors at Clinical Center in Niš, Serbia have recently shocked the public with a set of selfies taken in the middle of a surgery. They proudly posted the photos on their Instagram accounts and caused a massive public outrage on social networks.

In December 2017, the Clinical Center in Niš was moved to a new, larger and modernized building. According to Politika, some of the first surgeries were performed at the end of December. But it seems that the first neurological surgery was performed a day or two ago. It would have been great news if we didn’t find it out from selfies the staff themselves posted on Instagram.

Just last night, a Facebook page I follow posted this and got me shocked and angry:

A screenshot from Ženska posla

While the surgery was ongoing, a few doctors/nurses were apparently having some fun taking selfies. They proudly posted them on their Instagram accounts, with the title reading “The first neurological surgery at the new Clinical Center in Niš.”

As you can imagine, this post has caused some fierce reactions. Most people commented that this is a disgrace and that they should be fired immediately. Some of the commenters said they’d sue the hospital if they were in the patient’s place. In the flood of angry comments, some people also made jokes. I can understand that up to a point – when something is so horrible and you can’t change anything, sometimes the only thing you can do is make a joke.

Frankly, I don’t feel like joking. I don’t know where to start. Taking a selfie instead of focusing on your work is unwelcome whatever your workplace is. But if you are a medical worker, and you’re in the middle of a surgery… I’d say that’s the worst possible situation to take a selfie. And should I mention that a cell phone has more bacteria than a toilet seat? I wouldn’t say it’s safe to touch your phone and then get back to the surgery.

Since there is no reaction from the Clinical Center in Niš, we have contacted them for the comment and will update this post if we hear back.

[via Ženska posla, lead image credits: TheShiv76]

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7 responses to “Public outraged with Serbian doctors taking selfies during a surgery”

  1. Bert-Jan Klaren Avatar
    Bert-Jan Klaren

    Outraged because they get an insight view. Get real! Get a life! Get a job! and move on. And don’t spent all your time on social media trying to get outraged. Get a ngrip on your life again

  2. Jim DeLooze Avatar
    Jim DeLooze

    This is what is most disturbing, what the hell are cell phones doing in an operating room?
    http://time.com/4908654/cell-phone-bacteria/

    1. Britt Thomas Avatar
      Britt Thomas

      Yea I don’t mind the selfie as much as the fact that there’s a non consenting patient on the table and what could possibly be an extremely unsterile object.

  3. lewisfrancis Avatar
    lewisfrancis

    Who cares if they’re taking selfies, as long as antiseptic protocols are being followed. As professionals in the company of professionals, I’d expect the phones or cameras to be sterile. Next, people will be complaining about music in operating rooms distracting the surgeons. Seriously, the fear and outrage industrial/media complex has got to be defanged.

  4. Nerred Nermin Avatar
    Nerred Nermin

    Dunja ,nemoj mi dirati medicinske sestre ;)

  5. gly Avatar
    gly

    Some folks might not care; selfie or not. But if I was the one on the table, and I’ve been there, I’d be thinking… ‘do I get to pass go and collect $200 or is this the end of the game me…’ I would hope the doctors be doing his / her job and not taking selfies.