Twittering a Surgery

By Deane Barker on February 22, 2009

Surgeons send ‘tweets’ from operating room: Creepiest use of Twitter yet.

It’s 7 a.m. at Henry Ford Hospital, and surgeons are preparing to remove a cancerous tumor from a man’s kidney.

A doctor posts updates on social-networking site Twitter during a recent operation in Detroit.

It’s potentially a risky surgery, but everything’s ready: The doctors and nurses are in the operating room, the surgical instruments are sterilized and ready to go, and the chief resident is furiously Twittering on his laptop.

That’s right — 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.