Live telecast of heart surgeries to stop

The live telecast of heart surgeries for publicity is likely to end as the Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons came up on Friday with guidelines recommending end to such practice.

“Live telecast of heart surgeries for the purposes of publicity is certainly not acceptable. I am confident that a strict implementation of these guidelines will go a long way in curbing practices that enhance the risk component in complicated heart and vascular surgeries,” said Sampath Kumar, one of the authors of the guidelines.

Hundreds of heart surgeons from India and abroad are in Delhi currently for the four-day combined annual meeting of the Asian Society for Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery and the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons, that began Feb 26.

They are to deliberate on the several issues related to heart surgeries across the world and devise a plan for effective implementation of the guidelines.

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