The Denver Post is reporting Wednesday that five nurses at Denver Health Medical Center were suspended for three weeks after they inappropriately viewed the genitals on a dead body.
A hospital source confirmed on Tuesday that the nurses in question have been suspended for three weeks. A tip to Denver7 said the nurses reportedly admired the size of the deceased patient’s genitals and at one point, opened a body bag to view parts of the body. The hospital spokesman confirmed these details.
“Multiple staff members viewed the victim while he was incapacitated, including after he was deceased,” a Denver Police report says. “The complainant, Risk Management for Denver Health, made a mandatory report.”
Police said they have responded to the report but have allowed Denver Health Medical Center to handle the incident internally. The incidents reportedly occurred between March 31 and April 3, 2017, but weren’t reported until May 8.
The news came to light when a different nurse heard one of the five nurses speaking about the incident and became uncomfortable, Denver Health Medical Center spokesman Josh Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen said that originally, two nurses were punished, but three more were drawn into the fray by the investigation’s end. Rasmussen said that although the nurses received discipline considered “serious,” four nurses ultimately returned to work. One nurse no longer is employed by the hospital but wasn’t terminated. The nurses will have a record of the discipline placed in their personnel files, Rasmussen said.
“A DPD officer did speak with one of our on-call prosecutors at the time,” Ken Lane, communications director for the Denver District Attorney’s Office, said. “They determined there was insufficient evidence to prove a crime was committed, no charges were filed, and referred the matter back to Denver Health to handle internally.”
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