Is it Battery, or Was He just Re-charging? by Pat Conrad MD

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At the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Chicago, on October 12, 2012 a nurse is alleged to have “initiated unsolicited sexual relations, including intercourse” with a patient in an Illinois cardiac care unit awaiting transplant surgery. The suit filed by the patient and his wife against the nurse and hospital also alleges that the patient was medicated and being prepped for the heart transplant surgery when the assignation purportedly occurred.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that “a nurse of the same name” had been previously reprimanded by the state regulatory agency for “failing “to report having been terminated from a facility for crossing professional boundaries with a patient.”” The nurse now stands accused of battery, for which the cardiac couple wants $150 large.

  • Is there any physical evidence of intercourse linking the plaintiff and defendant?
  • Was the plaintiff capacitated to give consent for sexual congress? Was he already under the influence of opiates or benzo’s?
  • Who actually initiated the get-together? Was this a medication-addled hubby mistakenly reaching out for a last connection with his wife, or, facing death, did the patient see a willing nurse as a last earthly fling and think “why not”?
  • Did the nurse believe that the operative consent extended to all other pre-op ministrations?
  • In a medicated state, did the male hydraulics actually work?
  • Were there witnesses? How was this actually found out?
  • Why exactly is the wife a co-plaintiff?
  • Was this a new initiative to boost the hospital patient satisfaction scores?
  • If the patient took “action shots” and posted them on Instagram, could he be charged with violating his own HIPAA protections?

There is no further report yet on whether this nurse has been moved or terminated, or whether the waiting list has lengthened for that particular cardiac care unit. This is a funny-ass business.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “Is it Battery, or Was He just Re-charging? by Pat Conrad MD

  1. Philip
    October 5, 2014 at 3:30 am

    Is this another unintended consequence of patient satisfaction surveys?

  2. Sir Lance-a-lot
    October 4, 2014 at 6:05 am

    If this is part of the new surgical prep, I’d say the Press-Gaineys are about to take a jump upward.

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