Thursday, January 02, 2003

Do teaching hospitals use dying and newly deceased patients as medical training dummies for young physicians to practice their invasive procedures? This article claims that this is fairly routine practice, and that this is done without obtaining consent from the patients' families. I personally never saw this when I was in medical school (University of Michigan) and residency (Washington University of St. Louis), but then my particular specialty doesn't involve doing a lot of the procedures listed, such as endotracheal intubation or placing catheters in deep central veins. (Via Plastic.)