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Doctors in the US are preparing for surgery on YouTube videos. Service does not control the quality of these videos

Doctors see the potential for training through medical videos - but this process needs serious monitoring.

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In the US, some students and practitioners are trained on tens of thousands of surgical videos on YouTube, CNBC found out . Medical experts require the service to carefully check such content, because often it can be found unverified or false information.

  • The channel has discovered thousands of videos on YouTube in which doctors perform a variety of medical procedures. Dr. publish broadcast delivery , operations facelift or removing ear plugs. Some videos gain nearly two million views;
  • Doctors upload these videos to advertise themselves or help other surgeons. Researchers found that in January 2019, more than 20,000 videos related to prostate surgery were uploaded to YouTube. In 2009, there were only 500 such videos;
  • On rollers with operations, students are trained undergoing an internship or residency. Scientists at the University of Iowa have found that most of their surgeon students are getting ready for YouTube video surgery;
  • Such videos are popular not only among students – experienced doctors also turn to them before particularly complex operations;
  • At the same time, it’s difficult for doctors to separate true information on YouTube from false information. One study found that only 16 of the 68,000 videos where a radius fracture was operated on met medical requirements. Another showed that in half of the rollers with surgery to remove the gallbladder, unsafe methods were used;
  • Medical experts complain that Google is not monitoring YouTube content well enough. At the same time, the publication believes that the company is taking small steps in the field of medical videos. For example, it is forbidden to upload videos with open wounds to the service if there are not enough explanations for the viewer. Each medical video must also have exact titles;
  • Google’s vice president of healthcare, David Feinberg, acknowledged that a lot of content from surgeons has appeared on YouTube. He emphasized that his team plans to fight the spread of false medical information on YouTube;
  • Doctors see the potential for medical education on YouTube. In addition, surgeons often have to use robots during operations, and on YouTube you can easily find instructions for using them. Doctors recommend looking for videos that are filmed by representatives of well-known hospitals and medical institutions – then YouTube algorithms will more often recommend proven videos to other users.
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