To help to promote better patient modesty in medical settings
and help medical professionals to be more sensitive to the importance
of patient modesty in medical settings and help patients and
their families who wish to have same gender care for certain
procedures and/or surgeries get their wishes.
*Contact hospitals throughout the United States to educate them
on the importance of patient modesty and encourage them to provide
patient modesty training to their doctors, nurses, technicians,
and other staff members.
*Increase, through hospital education, the number of male nurses
available for intimate procedures (such as vasectomy and urinary
catheterization) on male patients because many men are uncomfortable
with female nurses doing these procedures on them.
*Contact urology and ob/gyn offices explaining the importance
for patients to have the option of same gender medical professionals
participating in intimate procedures or surgeries that expose
their private parts. Sometimes, female ob/gyns don't even realize
how important it is to some female patients and their husbands
that no males be involved in their ob/gyn care. For example,
a woman and her husband requested an all female ob/gyn operating
room team for his wife's hysterectomy. To their horror, a male
scrub technician ended up participating in the surgery.
*Increase, in rural areas, the number of female ob/gyns, as
well as nurse midwives that can attend the births of their babies.
Way too many hospitals cannot assure women and their husbands
that they will have a female ob/gyn present for the birth of
their baby. We would like to contact those hospitals to encourage
them to hire more female ob/gyns.
*Decrease the number of unnecessary
invasive procedures such as urinary
catheterizations by educating the medical community and
*Increase the awareness of alternative procedures to protect
a person’s modesty such as the use of abdominal vs. transvaginal
ultrasound to detect ovarian cysts through patient and hospital
*Decrease opportunities for sexual impropriety
and abuse of patients by medical staff.
*Educate parents about how to protect their children especially
from unnecessary intimate exams
*To help patients stand up for their rights to patient modesty
and not be afraid to speak up when they feel like their modesty
has been violated. Empower those that feel their modesty has
been violated to write letters to the doctors and/or hospitals
sharing the details of their experience in an effort to make
their providers more sensitive in the future. The more
patients that speak up, the better chance we have of changing
the way patient modesty is approached in medical settings.
Issues surrounding patients where abortion or euthanasia are
concerned will not be addressed as MPM does not support these