It's 7 AM and you're on the table in the operating room. Your doctor pulls out his laptop and Twitters: "Patient is counting backwards from 10 and is now under!"
That's what's happening in the surgery rooms at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Last week, for the second known time, surgeons Twittered a surgery by using social-networking site Twitter to give short real-time updates about the procedure.
What's interesting is that Henry Ford Hospital is a teaching hospital, so the docs there feel the benefit of Twittering a surgery far outweighs the negatives. Not only do fellow doctors follow the Twitters, but so do medical students and family members.
Christopher Parks, co-founder of the website changehealthcare.com, says, "Doing this removes a real communication barrier. It helps make something scary much more comprehendable." In addition, he says, "It also brings us closer together and makes us more engaged."
Twitter users who followed the surgery got to share some medical drama in real time. Family members got to to follow every single step of the surgery and feel like they were in the room with their loved one -- which doctors say helped alleviate undue stress.