Is it illegal for a surgeon to operate on a family member?

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Question:

Recently a surgeon performed surgery on his wife. Is this ethical? My manager researched information available and found it was illegal, but we both thought there was something not right about this situation.

Ann

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Ann,

When you say you and your manager find this to be “illegal” I don’t know if that was a typo on your part or if you meant to say that. I believe this is more of an ethical issue rather than a legal one. But an easy way to find out is to check with your facility risk manager or ethics committee. Rather than trying to guess and relying on your own research, use the experts at your disposal. That’s what they’re there for.

Best wishes,
Donna

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