News brief: Tweeting allows real-time communication during surgery

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, June 23, 2009

Healthcare professionals at Children's Medical Center in Dallas—an ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® recipient in 2009—recently "tweeted" during surgery.

The facility posted live updates on Twitter, a social networking site, during a pediatric kidney transplant, featuring such updates as "The kidney is making urine. Everyone in the OR is excited!" The posts, or tweets, were written by a nurse and a public affairs team member to ensure each post was both clinically accurate and easy to understand.

The hospital is one of several around the country to use Twitter as a communication device and publicity vehicle during surgeries. The Dallas hospital reported that in this instance, the family wanted to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.

Source: HealthLeaders Media

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