A Southern California anesthesiologist’s decision to decorate an unconscious patient’s face with stickers and a photo taken by a nurse’s aide has prompted a state investigation and civil lawsuit against the hospital and doctor for alleged breach of medical privacy.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/15A7AaV ) that during surgery at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in 2011, anesthesiologist Dr. Patrick Yang used stickers to give his patient a black mustache and teardrops under her left eye and then the nurse’s aide took a picture. The patient, 36-year-old Veronica Valdez, worked at the hospital for 13 years before the surgery.
The hospital called the incident a breach of professionalism and said in a statement that it demonstrated poor judgment.
Yang and other employees in the incident were disciplined but not fired.
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