Staff at Georgetown U. Hospital Do Not Mind Surveillance Cameras

Georgetown University Hospital recently conducted a study using 24 hr surveillance to determine

how much time was spent with dying patients. The study was published on October 1, 2001 in

the American Journal of Medicine.

According to Daniel P. Sulmasy, MD, PhD, an ethicist and Franciscan friar who placed the

surveillance cameras, the nursing and medical staff did not object to the surveillance cameras.

"They seemed to be OK with it" he said. "At the end of the study, we qualitatively asked the

nurses and house staff about the cameras. They said the routine of the day took over and they

barely knew the cameras were there.