Monday, November 9, 2009

Illegal photo/videography, Tresspassing: journalist attacked!

Journalists, who do not follow any code of ethics, barged into the courtroom in Bangalore high court. As usual while indulging in an alleged unauthorized videography through mobile phone, he was attacked by enraged lawyers...
 (CNN IBN is known to show mobile videos on its prime news...when former CM Kumaraswamy was undergoing treatment at Jayadeva, they had beamed the mobile video images of the former CM at the entrance of an operation theater)

Paradox: When jounrlists tresspassed into an emergency ward at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal and photographed hapless patients, the doctor on duty had objected. The incident was blown out of proportion by the media as "attack on freedom of the press"...and the clever lawyers of Udupi bailed out the journalists from the case...Now, we have a situation, wherein the lawyers are upset over an alleged videography in the court hall...they could have filed a case of tresspassing/unauthorized videography...since they have so much faith in their own system, they have resorted to "direct punishment"!
Win Win situation: for journalist...if he gets the video grab it is a breaking news, if he gets beaten in the process, it is a breaking news anyway!
Whether this reporter was following ethics?

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Denying YSR "Death with Dignity"

In the height of "breaking news" era, mediamen fail to provide "Death with Dignity" by publishing gory images of vicitims of accidents.
1. What is the purpose of publishing such gory images?
2. In accidents, the victims body may not be covered well...thus denying "dignity"
3. Blood & brain pouring out of the these editors have any idea of impact of such images on young minds?
4. Will the editor who approved this photo for publication, permit similar photos of his near and dear ones body?
(Photo of mangled body of Sri YSR, then CM of Andhra...published by most newspapers/ TV channels...clear violation of ethics of Journalism/ Forensic Medicine). Photo has been blurred to lessen the impact by this blogger.
Related issue: Dead bodies & photography, an Shakuntala Rao (a journalism ethics professor at SUNY University in Plattsburgh, New York) pointed out that in the case of showing graphic images of death, media in India are far more brazen.
She pointed to an example of a child who was abused at his school in an Indian village.
“This child goes to school and he’s beaten up by his teachers. He’s beaten up so severely that he dies,” she said. “So the parents actually bring the body for display to the cable channels.” The graphic images of the dead child became a major part of a news story about the abuse of children by untrained teachers at rural schools. read more
Dignity in Death

Friday, August 14, 2009

Insensitive Media: Invasion of Privacy

Family upset
Bangalore: High drama prevailed in front of the Karnataka`s first H1N1 victim’s house when mediapersons tried to speak to family members. When a cameraperson of an English news channel tried to barge into the house & shoot images of the house, the upset family members tried to shoo him away. But when he refused to back off, they threw a chair on him from within their compound. The cameraperson, who was injured in the face, lodged a police complaint.
Why is the media so insensitive towards privacy? Why do they think that it is their right to barge into homes/ hospitals without permission?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Patients beware: Photographers can Misuse your photo!

Innocent mother child suffer, while the photographer and ad agency laugh their way to the Bank!
Photograph of a mother and child from a video grab of a Pulse Polio program, sold to a photobanking agency...The agency sells the photo to an Ad agency, which uses the photo in a AIDS campaign!
Chennai, Aug. 4: A woman has sought damages of Rs 1 crore from the Tamil Nadu States AIDS Control Society which used her picture with her daughter in an AIDS poster allegedly without her permission.
The life of Kripa, 25, and her four-year-old daughter Akila (both names changed) turned topsy-turvy once the advertisement appeared in the form of posters, banners and hoardings with the slogan “Nambikkai Mayiathirkku Nandri” (Thanks to the AIDS counselling centres) around three months ago. They were meant to urge people to step into the state-run centres to test for HIV/AIDS.
The housewife has sought the Rs 1 crore for the mental agony caused to her family.
“I was shocked when neighbours told me that our photograph has been displayed in the government hospital near my house in Triplicane (an area in central Chennai). Within a few hours, a relative came to say that she had seen the poster at Egmore. Everyone suspected we had AIDS since our photo was used for an AIDS campaign,” Kripa claimed in her petition filed in Madras High Court seeking damages and a public apology from the society.
The court has issued a notice to the society and the matter will come up for hearing tomorrow.
Tamil Nadu health secretary V.K. Subbaraj said the ad agency which had been given the job for the campaign may be at fault, but added that he had ordered an inquiry into whether the woman’s consent was taken for using her and her child’s images. “Beyond that I can’t comment as the matter is before the court,” Subbaraj said.
Kripa said even her husband suspected she had gone to the counselling centre along with her child for taking the HIV/AIDS test. “It took a lot of pleading and convincing for her to make her husband overcome his suspicion,” said Kripa’s lawyer, G. Mohanakrishnan.
In her petition, Kripa said her neighbours started shunning her and kept their children away from her daughter. “I could not even admit my daughter in a school,” she said.
Her family, Kripa claimed, became social outcasts. She wanted the AIDS agency to remove the images from its campaign immediately, since they had taken them without her permission.
Mohanakrishnan said Kripa was first clueless as to when and where the photograph had been taken. “On repeated queries, she recalled that a foreign agency had taken a video of patients waiting in line at the Government Hospital for Women and Children at Triplicane. Our guess is the photo was taken from a frozen frame of that video,” he told The Telegraph.

1. Ask any photographer to take your permission prior to photography
2. Ensure that your photograph would not be misused for financial gains
3. Protest if someone photographs/ videographs you without permission

Suffer from Flu: Lose your dignity & Rights

In a shocking development, the identity of the Patients suffering from H1N1 were disclosed to the media. This is a GROSS violation of medical ethics, patients charter of rights as per NABH. Even the suspects names and addresses were revealed in a press conference. The unscrupulous mediamen even entered hospitals to photograph and videograph hapless patients in hospitals, using this opportunity to record some "file shots/bytes" which can be sold later!
It is high time the patients became aware of their rights and fight these issues legally.
(photo/ report: Mangalorean)

Added on 14.08.2009: Sadly the disclosure of information has been made by a doctor (not the treating doctor). If that doctor does not apologize, a formal complaint to the medical council of India is being prepared.

Update: 14.08.2009, 11:32 hrs: Official from Udupi District H1N1 team has responded! Read the response... "According to the guidelines of D.C. in press meet held on 10-08-09 ,D.H.O. has given press statement .I was only mailing their reports. Anyhow we have stopped giving the details to the press from 13-08-09 only. We ensure that we will keep the secrecy of patients details to the media".

Monday, June 1, 2009

Journalist sues hospital for taking photos !

In an interesting news from Malaysia, a journalist has sued the hospital for photographing her, while undergoing some procedure.
And in India, her colleagues are happy clicking photos of innocent patients in Hospitals, day in and day out...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Patients rights violation by State Human Rights Commission

Human Rights Organizations unaware of Patients charter of Rights?
What is the need for Publicizing a health check camp? Why reveal patient identity?

Friday, May 1, 2009

Kiran Acharya: about me

Dr Kiran K V Acharya

Professor & Head, Orthopaedics Unit IV
Arthroscopy, Sports Injuries  & Arthroplasty Unit, 
Orthopaedics, Kasturba Medical College & Hospital, 
Manipal University

Star Sign: Scorpion
Address            : Office: Orthopaedics, KMCH Manipal 576104, Karnataka, India
                            Residence:Ravi Kiran, Katte Acharya Marg, Kunjibettu, Udupi 576 102
Phones              : 9343130539/ 9448130539
Mail                  :
Academic Qualifications/ Higher Training:
1.    MBBS: Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, 576 104, Karnataka, India
2.    MS Orthopaedics: Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, 576 104, Karnataka, India
3.    Diploma in Trauma Management: MOH Israel, Rambam Medical Center, Israel
4.    BLS/ ACLS certification from IIEMS
5.    Fellow: AO International, Fellowship at Duke University, NC, USA
6.    Management Development Program for Medical Doctors: Manipal University
7.    Bio Skills Training: CAU, Kiel, Germany; SRMU, Chennai, India, Chula University, Bangkok; MSRALC,   Bangalore
8.   ACI, certified Autologous Cartilage Implantation Surgeon, RMS
Academic: Teacher for M.B.B.S., (15 years) MS (orthopaedics) B.E. (Biomedical Engineering), B.Sc., (Nursing), B. Physiotherapy, B. Occupational Therapy, B.Sc., MIT(12 years), PG students in Mass communication (2 years)Guide for postgraduate students in their thesis and related clinical research.Examiner for M. S (Orthopaedics), M.B.,B.S., Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, B.E (Biomedical Engineering), BSc (MIT)Teaching experience in KMC Manipal, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Malaysia, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Sikkim
Clinical: Arthroscopic Surgery, Trauma management, Sports injuries, Arthroplasty, Internal fixation of fractures according AO principles, Clinical photography.
Research: Multi ligament Injuries of the knee, Knee Biomechanics, Osteoarthrosis, Cartilage Injuries, Osteoporosis, Pain management, Fracture healing, Biomaterials, Stem cell therapy in Osteoarthrosis.
State/Regional conferences: 29; National conferences: 21; International conferences: 23 (in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Israel, Turkey, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Morocco, Hong Kong, USA, Greece, Italy, Germany, Sweden, UAE, Spain, Brazil, Austria, Czech Republic; France)

Trauma courses: ACLS/ BLS/ MCS, Diploma in Trauma & MCS (MOH Israel); 

Arthroplasty:10; Workshops: 22; AO ASIF courses: 6 (Principles, Advance, LCP, Expert, Fellowship); Quiz master: 2

Research projects: 9            ; Papers presented: 62            
Chapters in books: 1             Textbook: in press           
Conferences organized: 6            Awards conferred: 5            Academic CD ROMs: 3

Papers published: 

1.     A new Method of Internal Fixation in High tibial Osteotomy, Kerala orthopaedic Association Journal vol 11, No 2, 136, 1997
2.     High Tibial Ostetomy for OA Knees. Journal of KOA 53 – 56 February 1998.
3.     Arthroscopy Assisted Mini Incision Elmslie-Trillat Procedure for Patellar Stabilisation, Indian Journal of Orthopaedics , Nov. 1998.
4.     The role of polymerase chain reaction in the management of osteoarticular tuberculosis, Vivek Pandey, Kiran Chawla, Kiran Acharya, Sripathi Rao and Sugandhi Rao; International Orthopaedics, November 2007.
5.     Monocular blindness due to central retinal artery occlusion in bipolar hemireplacement arthroplasty of the hip. Pandey V, Rao P S, Rao S K, Acharya K K V
       Singapore Med J 2008; 49(4) : pp96,97
6.     Arthroscopic Synovectomy, chapter in Perspectives in Arthroscopy, with an interactive CD ROM. Rao P S, Acharya K K V, Orthopaedic Knowledge Forum; 2008. pp 12-15
7.     Diagnostic Knee Arthroscopy, Rao P S, Acharya K K V; Textbook of Orthopaedics and Trauma, Edited by Kulkarni G S, 2008.
8.     Is arthroscopic synovial biopsy helpful in clearing the diagnostic dilemma for chonic knee synovitis? R. Kaushal*, P.S. Rao, K.K.V. Acharya & V. Pandey, Indian Journal of Medical Research, June 2008.
9.     The pelvic digit ‘‘eleventh finger”, Vivek Pandey, Ajay Singh Thakur, Kiran KV Acharya, P Sripathi Rao, Indian Journal of Orthopaedics 2008; 43 (1); pp 97,98
10.  Plain radiograph based screening tool for assessment of bone density, Acharya K K V, Prasad K; Osteoporosis International (2009) 20 (Suppl. 1).Pg S91
11.  A preliminary study of osteoporosis: prevalence in a tertiary care hospital in South India, Acharya K K V, Pandey V; Osteoporosis International (2009) 20 (Suppl. 1).Pg S92
12.  Burkholderia pseudomallei musculoskeletal infections (melioidosis) in India
Pandey Vivek, Rao Sripathi P, Rao Sugandhi, Acharya Kiran K.V, Chhabra Sarabjeet, Indian Journal of Orthopaedics 2010 44(2): 216-220
13.  Ring meniscus mistaken for incomplete discoid meniscus: a case report and review of literature, Vivek Pandey, K. V. N. Dinesh, Kiran K. V. Acharya, P. Sripathi Rao; Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, Volume 18, Number 4 / April, 2010
14.  Retrospective study on the statistical association between Osteoporosis and Body Mass Index (BMI) in women, Acharya K K V, Bucktowarsing B; Osteoporosis International (2010) 21 (Suppl. 1).Pg S67
15.  A double-blind, randomized, multicentric, placebo-controlled clinical trial of antarth, a phytomedicine, in the treatment of osteoarthritis, Anil K Gupta, Acharya K K V, Parag S Sancheti, Ramchandra S Joshi; Indian Journal of Pharmacology, Vol 43, No1, 2011:69-72.
16.  Knee dislocation with multi-ligament injury: evaluation, treatment and results. Acharya K K V, Pandey V, Rao P S; Journal of Musculoskeletal Research, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2011:1- 8.
17.  Significance of periodic screening to detect deterioration of bone health: a descriptive study from a tertiary care hospital in India. Acharya K K V, Vishal Gupta; Osteoporosis International (2011) 22 (Suppl. 1).Pg S282.
18.  Set up of osteoporosis clinic in a tertiary care hospital: a descriptive report of three years of activity. Acharya K K V, Pandey V, Rao P S; Osteoporosis International (2011) 22 (Suppl. 1).Pg S 340.
19.  An intraarticular fibroma of the tendon sheath in the knee joint. Raghuraj Kundangar, Vivek Pandey, Kiran K V Acharya, P Sripathi Rao, Lakshmi Rao. Knee surgery, sports traumatology, arthroscopy 02/2011
20.  Femoral tunnel – interference screw divergence in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using bone – patellar tendon – bone graft: a comparison of two techniques. Pandey V, Acharya K K V, Rao Sharath, Rao P S; Indian Journal of Orthopaedics 2011; 45:255-60.
21.  Meniscal Abnormalities: Discoid Meniscus. Vivek Pandey, Simon Nurettin van Laarhoven, Kiran K. V. Acharya, Sharath K. Rao, and Sripathi Rao; Journal of Musculoskeletal Research, March 2012, Vol. 15, No. 01
22.  Prospective randomized control study of use of arthroscopic debridement with or without visco supplementation in knee osteoarthritis: Kiran K V Acharya, Vivek Pandey, P Sripathi Rao, Osteoporosis International (2012) 23 (Suppl. 2).Pg S 213.
23.  Nonfatal air embolism during shoulder arthroscopy: A case report and review of literature. Vivek Pandey, Elsa Varghese, Nataraj MS, Madhu Rao, Neethu MM, Kiran KV Acharya, P Sripathi Rao. Accepted for publication in American journal of Orthopaedics. (April 2012)
24.  Arthroscopic tibial spine avulsion fixation: A simple technique". Vivek Pandey, Kiran K V Acharya, Sharath Rao, Sripathi rao. Techniques in Orthopaedics (accepted for publication in October 2012)
25.  The Effect of Tranexamic Acid on Hemoglobin Levels During Total Knee Arthroplasty. Pachauri, Amit, Acharya Kiran K, Tiwari Akhilesh Kumar. American Journal of Therapeutics, Jan 2013

Last Updated March 2013