Denver — Five nurses at Denver Health Medical Center were suspended for three weeks after opening a bag to inappropriately view and discuss a deceased patient’s genitals, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday.

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Apparently, the disciplined Nurses admired the size of the man’s genitals, so much so that they opened the body bag after his death to take another peek. Unfortunately for them, another Nurse overheard one of the disciplined Nurses making a comment about the man’s genitals and, feeling that it was inappropriate, she reported the incident to hospital authorities.

“Multiple staff members viewed the victim while he was incapacitated, including after he was deceased,” a Denver Police report says. “The complainant, Risk Management for Denver Health, made a mandatory report.”

Denver Health Medical Center spokesman Josh Rasmussen originally said two nurses were disciplined after the internal investigation, but later said five nurses were suspended following the investigation’s conclusion. The incident has also bee recorded on all the nurses’ permanent records.The incidences of misconduct took place between March 31 and April 3, 2017, but weren’t reported until May 8.

Although the nurses received serious disciplinary action, four of the five nurses have returned to work again. The fifth Nurse is not employed by Denver Health anymore but that is of her own choice as the hospital didn’t terminate her employment according to Rasmussen.

Denver Police was initially called to deal with the incident but after speaking to a prosecutor they decided to let Denver health handle the situation internally. “A DPD officer did speak with one of our on-call prosecutors at the time,” Ken Lane, communications director for the Denver District Attorney’s Office, said. “They determined there was insufficient evidence to prove a crime was committed, no charges were filed, and referred the matter back to Denver Health to handle internally.”

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