A hospital in Denver, Colorado suspended five nurses because they decided it would be a good idea to open up a body bag and gaze upon a dead man’s noteworthy penis.
The quintet of nurses worked at — and four of them still work at — Denver Health Medical Center, reports local ABC affiliate KMGH-TV.
The ogling incidents occurred between March 31 and April 3, according to a report filed by the Denver Police Department.
“Multiple staff members viewed the victim while he was incapacitated, including after he was deceased,” the police report obtained by KMGH-TV explains. “The complainant, Risk Management for Denver Health, made a mandatory report.”
Another nurse, one with an ounce of respect for basic human dignity, overheard one of the nurses cackling about the deceased man’s genitals in May and reported the comment to hospital management. An internal investigation then commenced.
Hospital administrators suspended the five nurses for three weeks each for their involvement in the spate of gawking incidents.
Four of the nurses continue to work at Denver Health Medical Center. A fifth nurse has left for a different job but was not fired.
The three-week suspensions were “serious,” Denver Health spokesman Josh Rasmussen told KMGH-TV this week. A record of the suspensions and of the genitalia-gaping incident will remain in the personnel files of the four still-employed nurses.
A spokesman for the Denver District Attorney, Ken Lane, said “there was insufficient evidence” to pursue criminal charges against any of the nurses.
The names of the five leering nurses remain undisclosed. Rasmussen, the hospital spokesman, also won’t identify the part of the hospital where the nurses were working.
Hospital administrators have reportedly informed the deceased man’s family members about the incident.
“Denver Health is truly sorry this happened,” a hospital spokesman also said in an email sent to the Daily Mail. “This incident it is not an appropriate representation of the high-quality care and compassion our clinical staff strive to provide to our patients.”
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