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Distracted British Columbia surgeons barred from hockey talk during surgery; lives probably ruined

Apr 12, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT


Unless they’re busy trying to remove a stray hockey skate from the forehead of an unamused spectator, doctors in British Columbia have been hereby banned from doing their first love: talking hockey during surgery. It all happened after one whiny patient who didn’t enjoy hockey talk during eye surgery has screwed the pooch for all 11,000 BC surgeons. Now they must either talk about the latest breaking news in the world of surgery or sit in stone cold silence, fuming over the memory of the days when they were free without the fear of getting reprimanded by, uh, whomever is the boss of doctors. House?

The National Hockey League is just around the corner. And thus the advisory has been issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. to the 11,000 doctors of the province reminding them talking only about things related to the surgical task are allowed in the operating room.

Dr. Heidi Otter, Registrar of the province’s College of Physicians and Surgeons said that they have issued this advice after listening to a complaint of the patient, who said that his surgeon was discussing a hockey game with nurses while he was operating his eye. Dr. Otter has further marked that a reminder has been included in the quarterly report, which was posted on the licensing body’s website last December.

“In a patient-centred system, you first consider the patient. Some patients may want to hear their surgeon announce what is happening and other patients may not want to hear a word,” she said.

Better not get hurt, British Columbia. I smell a doctor strike on the horizon. A Canadian without hockey banter is Hall without Oates, candy without corn, Darth without Vader, Prince without makeup. A tragedy.

No More Hockey Chat for B.C. Surgeons during Surgery [French Tribune]

  1. derpdederpdederp - Apr 12, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    not so sure if this makes me proud to be a canadian, but we do enjoy our hockey banter

    • cur68 - Apr 13, 2011 at 12:14 AM

      I talk hockey all the time at work. And baseball. Good thing my patients are premature infants.