This story is a bit alarming:
- even when medical seminars are being supplied by responsible companies who gain consent of next of kin, concerns have been raised about the locations of some of the seminars. Many of the seminars take place in some of the most well-known hotels in the country.
The objections seem to be based mainly on hygene issues, such as not having a sink in the room, or soap, and having bodies leaking fluid onto the floor.
- Olson said that dissecting cadavers in a public hotel ballroom shouldn't be happening. There could be a risk, he said, of transmitting blood-borne pathogens.
"Hepatitis, AIDS, that have a long, uh, life span after death. I mean long, we're talking days not necessarily years," he said. "These things should not be occurring in public settings."
I tend to think this argument is overblown—there are a lot of other things that go on in hotels that aren't exactly hygenic, and in the case of cadavers, I'm sure the ballroom is cleaned very thoroughly afterward. And I'm sure the CME providers do everything they can to keep things as sterile as possible. I'd be curious to know what you think about this one.