[PDF] Live surgery broadcasts : position statement

Royal College of Surgeons - RCS
Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS)
Publication date:
01 August 2017


The RCS recognises the risks associated with broadcasting surgery live, particularly issues concerning patient safety and confidentiality. The fundamental duty of care towards a patient should be the overarching principle guiding any surgical intervention. As such, the use of live broadcast should only be justified after careful consideration of patient risks vis-à-vis the benefits. Where possible, pre-recorded broadcasts of procedures should be used by preference.

As the College is not a regulator it cannot enforce these views but our strong guidance to our members is to avoid live broadcasting of patients to a non-clinical audience.