Five nurses at Ekombe Hospital were suspended for three weeks after they admired a man’s genitals, both while he was incapacitated at the hospital and after he died.
The incidents occurred between March 31 and April 3, 2017, but weren’t reported until May 8.
In one of the incidents, the nurses opened a body bag to view the man’s sex organs, a hospital official confirmed to the investigators .
Officials discovered what happened after one of the nurses made a comment that was heard by another nurse, who wasn’t involved in the incidents. That nurse reported the matter, who in turn called the police.
Ekombe Hospital released the following statement to the press:
“Their actions, which violated our policies and our Code of Conduct, were promptly reported to appropriate governmental authorities, including the Police Department and the Board of Nursing.
“An internal investigation resulted in disciplinary action against all those responsible for the incident and the patient’s next of kin was notified.”
Officers who investigated said “multiple staff members viewed the victim while he was incapacitated, including after he was deceased,” according to a report obtained by the press.
“They determined there was insufficient evidence to prove a crime was committed, no charges were filed,” he said. The matter was referred “back to the hospital to handle internally.”
Ekombe Hospital spokesman described the discipline meted out against the nurse as “serious.” He also said a notice of the discipline was placed in their personnel files.
Four of the nurses are back at work, while the other is no longer at the hospital, though she wasn’t terminated, he said.
The hospital apologized for the nurses’ actions in the statement , saying, “Ekombe Hospital is truly sorry this happened. This incident it is not an appropriate representation of the high-quality care and compassion our clinical staff strive to provide to our patients.”