Hospital explains OB-GYN examination procedure

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- After a Paragould OB-GYN was arrested for taking pictures of his patients, the question was raised whether it's required for a doctor to have a nurse in the room during an examination.

"Due to the sensitive nature of GYN and OB specialty, we trained as physicians whether male of female physician, it is recommended that you have a chaperone with you at all times," said Dr. Steven Lewis, an OB-GYN Hospitalist at St. Bernards Hospital.

Lewis was an assistant professor at an OB/GYN residency program in Virginia. He said there should always be another female in the room.

"It's essentially for protection of the patient to prevent abuse and inappropriate behavior as well as on the physician side as well," he said.

That chaperone acts as an advocate for the patient. Lewis said when examining such a private part of your body, a third party is needed to protect the patient and the doctor.

"I also would encourage females if you're ever in a situation where they feel uncomfortable with an exam or they feel like they would like to have a chaperone they should speak up and be proactive in their care," Lewis said.

Lewis said the same recommendation is in place for male patients undergoing a private exam from a female doctor.

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