Video cameras banned in L&D - page 5

The hospital where I work recently banned videotaping in the labor & delivery suite. There's a big sign on the entrance door to the unit. The technician who told me about it believed that the... Read More

  1. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Good point, Pooh. No one wants to be the "mean/bad nurse" to someone else's "nice nurse" persona. Consistency is not only a good thing, it is critical.
  2. by   ILoveMyBeanie
    hi. i am in nursing school so i have not been in any "family videos" as of yet but i do have an opinion on this subject.
    [color=#00bfff]my son was born in july of 2004. i began having contractions and was sent to the hospital where i was induced. my doctor was one of several in the practice. she would have allowed a video camera in the or or in the ldr. sadly, i didn't progress and was sent home. the following week i was sent back and was induced again. after 13 hours of a non-progressing labor, i ended up with a somewhat "rushed" c-section. the doctor that was on call then (another from the practice that i had seen only in the office) refused a video camera but allowed a digital camera. one of the nurses was a friend of my husbands and she stood at me knee and took pictures from the time of incision to when they handed my son to me! it was great. since with a c-section i felt i missed out on a lot of my delivery i had pics so i felt 100% better about it. i only hope it is allowed at the next delivery since it will have to a scheduled c-section. maybe a little professional courtesy will be offered?! what do ya'll think?
  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from tvccrn
    why would a picture of the apgar be illegal, but not a picture of all the other, more invasive procedures?

    tvccrn
    Apgar on a form, wouldn't it be a legal document belonging to a chart.
  4. by   tinyscrafts
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Notice that quite a few of the posts have said that it's facility policy whether video cameras are allowed.
    Yup i get it's hosptial policy, I was referring to the many nurses comments that didn't think we should tape "every little thing", It's gross, who'd want that, etc... you may think it's dumb to want to see your stretchy perineum in action but that's not your call to make for another couple.
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from tinyscrafts
    Yup i get it's hosptial policy, I was referring to the many nurses comments that didn't think we should tape "every little thing", It's gross, who'd want that, etc... you may think it's dumb to want to see your stretchy perineum in action but that's not your call to make for another couple.
    There's a difference between having a personal opinion on what's gross or TMI, and actually saying those things to a pt.

    Never said it was "my call". ALready stated my thoughts on that many posts ago.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I do think health care providers SHOULD ABSOLUTELY have a choice whether they appear on people's video taping, however---even if policy is unclear or there is none against it. I absolutely do.
  7. by   Gompers
    Quote from tinyscrafts
    Yup i get it's hosptial policy, I was referring to the many nurses comments that didn't think we should tape "every little thing", It's gross, who'd want that, etc... you may think it's dumb to want to see your stretchy perineum in action but that's not your call to make for another couple.
    Nurses are allowed to have opinions.

    We're discussing this on an anonymous forum - not forcing our opinions on our patients. We have every right to think what we want about this topic and to post about it here. No one ever said we were perfect.

    And I also agree that health care providers have the right to refuse to be on camera while they are doing their jobs. We are there to work, and it's very hard to do our jobs when there is a camera in our faces during critical moments. Hospital policy or not - we should have the right to say something if we are being videotaped while providing nursing care.
  8. by   vamedic4
    Quote from BittyBabyGrower
    Vamedic, I see you work or have worked in a PICU....my question to you is this....would you let a parent videotape you recusitating their child in the PICU?

    It is my right to be in photos or videotaped. I have always wondered what people do with those video tapes of births...pull them out at birthday parties and get togethers? Yuck!

    Truthfully it doesn't really matter to me whether I'm videotaped or not.... You are correct in that you have a right not to be on video (haven't we established this already)..as I posted, some people with morbid fascinations only want to see the child in the video..we all just get in the way.
    Perhaps they do pull the tapes out at parties, memorials, whatever - not my call to make. People grieve in different ways....


    QUOTE: Have to add my 2 cents, videotaping is not the ultimate culprit but when the SO refuses to get out of the way during resusc and actively demands that you stop what you're doing so they can get further still shots, this is NOT the time to explain to them what's going on. Unfortunately for us (NICU), the parents have usually not been told by the L&D staff of the policy putting us in a bad spot in the middle of a worse spot!!


    Now the people mentioned above are just retarded. As I posted before...as long as they're out of the way and not a burden to staff who are actively engaged in lifesaving efforts...but unfortunately, we live in America, Land of the Free,... home of the ridiculous. I can't believe that people would actually be so *******' ignorant as to suggest that you "move your hand so I can get a pic of them putting that tube in"...never mind the fact that the baby's HR is 50 and you're giving CPR all you've got.

    Keep up all the good work that you all do there in L/D and NICU nurses.


    And have a good night!
    vamedic4
    going home soon.
  9. by   OB_or_NICU_hopeful
    I (obviously, not a nurse) had NO idea pictures were discouraged these days. I would be heartbroken if I didn't have pictures of my kids immediately following their births. But I'm one of the weird humans that obsesses over & loves birth (and anything surrounding it) I truly could watch birth videos from sun up to sun down!

    But truly, I would be so sad to not be able to look back at my pictures and see what I wasn't able to see during the deliveries. It's all so fuzzy, without the images I'd have a difficult time putting the pieces together. And my oldest child was premature and was a c-section because he was frank breech. I LOVE watching my video of him and hearing him cry (even though that very same cry/breathing alarmed the staff that he needed to head straight to the NICU). I loved seeing him pee and hearing the nurses get a good laugh about it. I love hearing "O Holy Night" playing in the background as they are performing the c-section.

    I hate that some people ruin a good thing, but I can understand the reason for not allowing filming. I'm just so glad it was never mentioned to us for my two boys.

    Of course, I didn't have any "girl parts" on film, but that's more because I didn't want my fat butt on film for eternity (nor my "other" part) But I don't think it's gross, but the opposite actually

    I know some people can be so ignorant, but knowing how ecstatic a new child makes people, I can totally understand wanting to create all those memories
    Last edit by OB_or_NICU_hopeful on Sep 24, '06
  10. by   tvccrn
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Apgar on a form, wouldn't it be a legal document belonging to a chart.
    Thank you for clearing that up. I had a senior moment and couldn't for the life of me figure out how to take a picture of an apgar.

    tvccrn
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Well it would be MIGHTY hard to get the apgar in the picture, since it's a score assigned and written down by the nurses. And yes, they are called out, but without much clarification (which is on the charts both for mother and baby), not of much value OR harm on a video tape.
  12. by   RNnL&D
    Wow! I'm surprised by the number of facilities that don't allow taping the birth. We allow videotaping of the entire birth from any angle they want, as long as the videographer isn't in the way.

    One of our many forms included in the admission packet is a video/photography policy info/consent form. It informs pts and families that they must ask permission from staff before taking their picture, they will not interfere in the pt's care by being in the way, and they will discontinue video/pics if asked.

    It seems to be a good system for us.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Well we used to allow it, too. But our risk managers have since decided it's not worth the risk-----like I said, insurance companies run this show, not us.

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