UPMC

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was cited for allowing health personnel to take photos and videos of an OR patient with a genital injury.

The incident occurred on December 23, 2016 after the patient walked into the emergency room with a "foreign object" inserted into his penis.

The patient was prepped for surgery to remove the foreign object.

Somehow word got out about the patient's genital injury, and unauthorized personnel began crowding into the operating room to have a look and to take pictures.

According to published reports, an employee told investigators there were so many nurses and doctors crowding into the operating room that it looked like a circus.

"I was attending to the patient and at one point when I looked up there were so many people it looked like a cheerleader type pyramid," an employee told investigators.

Another employee said, "the patient was the focal point of all the chaos and that there was a 'ton' of people in the room."

Investigators from the Pennsylvania Department of Health cited the hospital for multiple violations, including violating the patient's confidentiality and privacy rights, and allowing people not involved in the patient's care into the operating room to use personal devices to take pictures of the patient.

An employee reported the incident to hospital administrators when she saw pictures of the man's genitals being circulated around the hospital.

"The patient had a genital injury and hospital staff had apparently taken photos and video of the patient using their personal cell phones, and were showing the photos to other hospital staff," said the report.

After completing its investigation in May, two doctors were suspended and the surgical services nursing director was terminated.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    It's a damn shame...cant trust nobody. I do wonder what the hell he done shoved in that tiny hole??

  • Ryan

    I want to know what it was, and at the same time I DON'T want to know!

  • n1kk1a

    Sooooo...I'm just going to ask the question everybody wants to know....what was the object? ??

  • bhavana

    What a shame they violated his privacy. They should all be fired.

  • NicoleZee

    This world just gets sicker and sicker by the minute. You got disgusting perverts who actually hold nursing and medical degrees. All of their licenses should be permanently suspended and they should never be able to work in the healthcare field ever again. If this country would quit being so lenient on crime and policy, maybe things would change. What is it with people??? Is it that they are too damn pathetic and can't get laid or do they not have the Internet where they can watch free porn??? I don't get it. Sick.

  • Nina Ross

    They must have the complexion for protection.

  • klwbaby

    I always thought medical professionals should be...what is the word I'm looking for, oh yeah, PROFESSIONAL. I'm sure if someone took a pic of their loved one, they would be ready to hurt or kill that person...

  • Marlika

    Does anyone know how to be professional anymore?? ???? I stay sending emails about unprofessional ignorant mofos!!

    Whom ever invented the cell phone camera has created a big fucking monster that can not be controlled. There's no more respect, no more privacy.

    This world is going to hell with gasoline draws on!!

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    What was the object I wonder? ?
    People have no class bruh!

  • Shani

    a pipe cleaner??

  • Quitedeliteful

    Once you go under that anesthesia there's no telling what these people will do. I'm glad some hospital employees made a formal complaint. This is just unacceptable.

  • SumthinSweeter

    I work for a hospital and usually male prison inmates with mental health histories insert all type of items into their urethra due to psychosis and also just so that they can get away from the prison or county for a few days. But best believe I am not one of the ones running up to see nobodies bloody and brutalized penis.

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Wow

  • Wreckognize Game

    I see why people fear hospitals and older people fear nursing homes. It is so sad these healthcare professionals have no regard for these patients. I was in disbelief that those 8 old people died in that nursing home when they were right across the street from a hospital.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Really? ?????

  • Wreckognize Game

    I was trying to listen to the news while getting dressed this morning. I think they said the air was off for about 3 days in that nursing home. Now the granddaughter on the news talking about no one called the family to say anything. I was heated thinking why nobody in the family went to check on her after the storm. Y'all would've discovered it was 90 degrees and upward in there.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I've been in healthcare for more than twenty years. I can honestly say that in terms of professionalism and ethics, the landscape has changed drastically. Patients are seldom treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. Someone should have shut that down.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    UPDATE: Video shows Keneeka Jenkins walked in to the hotel freezer on her own and alone.

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    What?!

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    OMG i remember the same thing in Houston at that other nursing home. People were up in a roar with the nursing home....no fools be mad at these people's families who jumped ship ????

  • Omandesert

    I need to see that dick pick or video to determine if this story is true or false.

  • Jen_no_juice

    Wow!!

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Yep. Andrew Holmes, a local activist, reviewed the hotel footage. He said he saw her walk into the freezer alone and close the door.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    The hotel has agreed to pay for her funeral.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Did she appear to be drunk or disoriented?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Earlier reports indicated she was holding on to the wall, as she tried to open several doors.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I agree. I'm shocked that doctors and nurses break aseptic technique by allowing non-sterile cell phones in the operating room. ?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Sandra, I have seen doctors leave the restroom without washing their hands. The first time I witnessed that, I was in shock!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    This is true. Mentally ill patients insert pens and pencils into their urethra.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I graduated from nursing school in the late '80s. Cell phones were too expensive for most people back then. But even doctors who could afford a cell phone would never take them into the operating room!! ?

  • Wreckognize Game

    That's awful. Poor baby

  • Elle

    LMBO!

  • nick c

    If the operating doctor REALLY felt that this procedure needed an audience for educational purposes I believe he would need the patients approval first if not then this is a huge privacy violation.

  • Akhenaton
  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    And that's the reason a lot of people don't like to go. They're treated unethically.

  • Lady Elle

    Damn shame...

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Not to mention the fact that poor and minority patients are likely to be subjected to unnecessary surgeries and substandard medical care.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Probably a pen or a pencil.

  • bemetoo

    So she got drunk and froze herself

  • NicoleZee

    Very true. It is VERY hard finding good doctors and even some nurses are horrible. A lot of doctors are arrogant, treat all patient problems the same, and many are racist and don't want to treat poor people and those with low incomes. It is sick and sad. A lot of people don't even go to the doctor unless they feel they are about to die. I really wish universities, medical schools, and hospitals would do a better job teaching doctors and nurses how to really have a better bedside manner. Why become a doctor or nurse if you are racist or have a nasty attitude or don't know how to be professional??? Plenty of jobs where you can work in the background and not interact with the public. Very sad.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    This is true.

    Government health insurance = substandard medical care.

    Non-government health insurance = superb medical care.

  • klwbaby

    My mom has been a nurse for over 30 years and she has seen a lot of changes and not all good changes. It has been a couple of people at my mom's hospital that have been fired because of a FB and/or Twitter post.

  • NicoleZee

    Not true. I know people with private insurances and they have a hard time sometimes finding good doctors, getting treated fairly, and the co-pays can be expensive if you go to the doctor a lot. The ENTIRE healthcare system in this country sucks, period. Certain hospitals in Georgia I would not go to or want to go back to. I can tell you that no matter what kind of insurance you have, if you want to be treated well and you live in Georgia, Atlanta Medical, Southern Regional, and Piedmont are excellent places to go (Piedmont Urgent Care is amazing!). Grady has a thorough ER process where you will know everything wrong with you, but that's all I can say about them to be polite.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    When I renewed my nursing license I took a CE course on nursing and social media. The course provided many examples of nurses fired for Twitter and Facebook posts about patients.

  • http://worldstarhiphop.com/ The Dutchess

    Just read that myself it's the craziest thing I ever heard I would still want to sue the hotel They should have safeguards against ppl even being in employee only areas Apparently the hotel offered to pay for the funeral

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I heard. The question is--what would have happened if the police had reviewed the dam footage when her parents initially reported her missing. Why did people have to go marching through the dang streets for this video to be unearthed/ the incident to be investigated?

    That's clearly more than 1 question but so what...

  • pure_rachet

    I was just gonna ask Sandy if any of her nurse friends had set her the photos. She can post it as a medical minute for educational purposes.

  • Renee26

    That's because they were big as a dictionary and weighed about 10lbs ?

  • klwbaby

    That's why I don't understand when they do things like that. I can only imagine how hard it is to be a nurse and the hard work u have to put in only to be fired doing some teenage social media BS.

  • Wreckognize Game

    I love your name. I knew only one person that had this name and never seen it again.

  • Akhenaton

    thanks! i guess u do wreckognize!

  • Wreckognize Game

    I do

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Again?! Didn't we just see a story of a deceased guy's parts being circulated?!

    After reading these two stories I am now sure this must happen everywhere!

  • Hmmm~?

    These people at these hospitals seem to have a fascination with penises. Wonder what it was that homeboy shoved up his dack tho? ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I've seen patients who inserted objects into their penis. Believe me, you don't want to see it. ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    This is why I only stay in 5 star hotels. Security is everywhere.

  • pecancandy

    Dude about to get paid

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    When I did a hospital stint it wa the rectum ?. I can't go there again it makes me shiver....

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    I saw doctors blowing bubbles in bubble gum ....

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Coffee stirrers.... safety pins ....

  • 4RGSpot

    Notice we read about everything but that.??

  • 4RGSpot

    The two doctors should have been terminated to. That's so disgusting of them to violate that patient's rights.

  • Shay Bay

    Uuuum...there are a lot of unsterile things in the OR. Like computers, pens, the nurse

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    They are going to sue and the hotel is going to settle. She died in a so-called restricted area. There should have been systems in place to stop guests from accessing the space. The hotel is paying for her funeral, which in my mind, is a means to mitigate their foreseeable damages.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    A few years ago, I had a case where a doctor performed a surgical procedure without trying less invasive means of managing the patient's condition. The insurance company denied the procedure based on medical necessity. Then, the insurance company determined the patient was responsible for the $50,000 bill and the hospital sent the patient a bill. When the patient threatened to file a lawsuit, the case was forwarded to my department. Around that same time, I had another incident where a child injured his hand while playing with the automatic doors in the ER department. In both cases, my recommendation was to eat the charges.

  • Louisville Is4TheBirds

    Ok but what was the foreign object?

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    It definitely depends on the doctor, nurses and how the establishment is being run too. But that doesn't change the fact that poor people get the bulk of the unethical behavior from medial staff. Wealthy and rich people are usually treated better and with more respect by their physicians because those doctors know those money having patients usually have a good lawyer on speed dail. Plus who really listens to poor people? Poor people can complain and sue but will quickly be labeled as trying to get a "come up" off of the doctor.

  • NicoleZee

    Very true. It's sad because I've met people that have said they were mistreated by healthcare professionals and that's why they don't go to the doctor. Just imagine all these people walking around with diseases and disorders who are afraid to get treatment because of how they will be treated. I go the doctor when I need to and for preventive appointments, if I get a bad one, I report them to the state medical board and never go back, period. And if I get a doctor I just don't like, I just never go back and find another. That's how you have to maneuver situations like that. Once you've lived somewhere for so long, you know where to go and where not to go to get medical treatment. It's just sad that healthcare professionals can be so crass, rude, racist, and unethical.

  • Jussjess25

    Wow people are so inappropriat these days. Smh just today the lady in charge at my job demanded" that I answer her about something that had nothing to do with her, and threw her title in my face. I kindly told that women I was grown! And walked straight out of the office. Her ass was dumfounded. ?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I agree. They should have sprung into action sooner.

    However... based on the timeline provided by the media, Keneeka was probably in the freezer for at least an hour and thirty minutes, before her mom arrived at the hotel. If the freezer had been set at 32 degrees and given the fact that she was allegedly intoxicated, she would have been unconscious within 15 or 20 minutes. Within 30 to 40 minutes, she would have gone into cardiac arrest. After being in a freezer for an hour and thirty minutes, I doubt she was still alive when her family arrived at the hotel.

    Sandra, can we get a medical minute on hypothermia?

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    True and smart. The healthcare field did not use to be this way though. Doctors and nurses really did take pride in their careers and patients. Now it seems to only be about a buck. The rapport and trust between patients and physician has diminished tremedoulsly. It's not all doctors and nurses (thank God) but unfortunately the bad ones, seem to be in abundance now. A lot of doctors offices and hospital don't respect or practice HIPPA. They say they do but they really dont. They will release confidential information to anyone for money or just because they are cool with the person who is requesting it.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I've had to dispute bills because I was overcharged or billed for the wrong thing. It's a money game and if you don't pay attention, they will hit you with a bill that's life changing.

  • Nonya Bizness

    I cringe each and every time I see or hear "Dr. Miami". WHY do his patients allow him to take pics of them in the O.R.? Aside from people seeing your pre op body, shouldn't he be concentrating on the surgery and NOT the camera and posting them on Social Media? I could never go to a Surgeon like that.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    QOTD

  • Queen B

    Not really but the state will since they fined the hospital

  • Queen B

    Im interested in knowing what it looked like tho ? He shudnt have walked his ass in there with foreign objects in his dîck lol hell professionals are normal ppl with the same feelings as everyone else we are interested in these things too ya know

  • LibraGoddess

    The doctors were suspended but the DON was fired. That's BS because when you are in that operating room, the surgeon is basically God in there. The surgeon allowed that circus in there and should suffer the same consequence as the DON.

  • Killa_Tye_Cam

    Are you serious??

  • Slick770

    ?that'll teach her!

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Lol

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Wow this whole story is really sad but mysterious

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Gerbil?

  • Guess Who

    ...What was the foreign object?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    It's a mystery, because we don't have all the facts. I am still trying to make sense of Keneeka's decision to get on the elevator, go to the basement, and start looking for a place to hide? If she was completely out of her mind, why didn't she go outside? Why didn't she leave the hotel? She had been partying on the 9th floor, but she got the elevator and went to the basement. I have feeling she was trying to get away from her so-called friends.

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    I want to see it too! Where's the picture?!! ???

  • Mrs. ??????????

    How in the hell did a foreign object get inside his mushroom tip??? In this case I can understand why the staff was curious, this does sound really bizarre, but pulling out phones and taking pics though..... Smh

  • WutizaGRANNY!

    Sad truth is we never know who is watching once we go under..We have no idea who is allowed to view touch practice on us.. this probably was the norm there thats why it was allowed nothing just suddenly start happening. they have long before allowed fellows in to "observe' strange cases...

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    A potato ..... a jar...... once a couple of teenagers got braces entwined.... hers on his penis.... ??..... parents were pissed......off all four!!!!

  • Tay Gee

    Yikes!! I would feel so violated and uncomfortable after I found out what happened. You would think the doctors office would be a safe place, not a papperazi scene, lol.

  • kgirl33

    This is nothing new. Unfortunately this is the culture we live in. Doctors do it with patients, police do it with victims (especially car victims). It's a sad world we live in to get pleasure from someone else's pain.

  • MythCalledLove

    The doctors should hv lost privileges. That's the way we are today. Record & take pictures of everything. I worked in a hospital before HIPPA and you could look at anyone's info and you could always see who was the last person to view the info. No worries no trouble HIPPA came and you couldnt even call a patients name out loud. People think HIPPA is a joke. Everytime I go to the doc or E. R. if I reported them damn near all of them would hv no job and they would hv some hefty fines to pay. But most dont even know what their rights are. This is a damn shame.

  • Shawty

    Was this a hospital or a circus? WTF!!! I thought an operating room was suppose to be a sterile place. Having folks coming in and out unscrubbed makes it contaminated. Where they do this at? All kinds of rules were broken. Leading surgeon should be fired!

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    This is the kind of stuff that makes people afraid of hospitals

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    ? ?????

  • pure_rachet

    Auntie ain't sharing. Google will. lol
    Edit: googling that was a huge mistake??

  • Jussjess25

    Okay ?