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Surgeons in BC Told To Chill On The Puck Talk

By Shani R. Friedman
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After a patient, who was given a local anesthetic during eye surgery and was awake, complained that the doctor and nurses were conversing about the game during the procedure, doctors have been advised to cool it, according to the registrar of the province's College of Physicians and Surgeons. The patient had been concerned that the "idle chatter" , which went on throughout, would lead to an error.

The "gentle reminder" that medical professionals should conduct themselves in an appropriate manner and exercise discretion, was included in a quarterly report on the licensing body's website last December to the 11,000 doctors in the province. "I think most doctors will read this and say, 'Oh yeah.' It's a useful, important reminder with a proactive message," the registrar said.

Shani R. Friedman, a native of Nova Scotia, is a writer and editor living in New York who started a pop culture and news blog about Canada three years ago. Visit Shani's Blog at http://allthingscanadian.blogspot.com/.

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