Five nurses at Denver Health Medical Center were suspended for three weeks after they admired the size of a deceased patient's genitals and then talked about it, a hospital spokesman confirmed to ABC affiliate Denver7.
According to the TV station, the incident happened between March 31 and April 3. A hospital spokesman told the Denver Post that a different nurse overheard one of the suspended nurses make a comment about the incident and reported it to hospital officials on May 8.
“Multiple staff members viewed the victim while he was incapacitated, including after he was deceased,” a Denver Police report obtained by Denver7 noted. “The complainant, Risk Management for Denver Health, made a mandatory report.”
Denver Police reportedly responded to the incident, but hospital officials decided to handle the situation internally.
Initially only two nurses were disciplined, but three more were suspend after the internal investigation was completed.
A spokesman for the hospital told Denver7 one of the nurses is no longer employed there, but wasn't terminated. The other four will have the incident added to their discipline record.