Five nurses were suspended for opening a body bag to gawk at the size of a deceased man’s genitals.
The incident took place at Denver Health Medical Center between late March and early April, but it was not reported until a month later, according hospital administrators.
The Denver Police Department investigated the matter, but ultimately found that no crime has been committed and allowed hospital officials to discipline its snooping staffers internally.
According to a police report, between March 31 and April 3, five nurses working at an unspecified medical unit at Denver Health observed the generously endowed male patient while he was still alive but incapacitated, and also after he passed away, as The Denver Channel first reported, citing an anonymous tipster.
To satisfy their curiosity, the medical staff went so far as to open a body bag to ogle the late patient’s genitals for their size, and then talked about what they had seen among themselves, as a hospital spokesperson has confirmed to the station.
Another nurse who overheard their exchange felt that it was inappropriate and reported it to her superiors on May 8.
In the wake of an internal investigation sparked by the complaint, five nurses were suspended from their jobs for three weeks.