Doctor's reinstatement irks operating room nurses

  1. Three dozen operating room nurses and technicians at Tri-City Medical Center said a board decision last week to reinstate an orthopedic surgeon will create an uneasy working environment that could affect patient care.

    Dr. Behrooz Tohidi, an orthopedic surgeon who has practiced in Oceanside for two decades, had his operating privileges at Tri-City temporarily revoked by hospital directors on June 26, 2003, two days after he was accused of gesturing at a technician with a scalpel, according to hospital records.

    Full Article: http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2004...0421_03_17.txt
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  2. 42 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    I wouldn't feel comfortable working with him and I can't blame the nurses and techs there for not wanting to either. And he definitely needs a psych evaluation. Everyone is talking about the wonderful job that he has done and his wonderful record over the past twenty plus years, but perhaps the stress is getting to him....................
    Last edit by suzanne4 on Apr 2, '04
  4. by   fergus51
    "He has certain techniques that he likes followed, and he demands a quality of care that sometimes he doesn't witness," Harvey said. "I think he probably has offended some nurses, but I think it's all in the spirit of quality of care for his patients."



    I especially like this one.... Oh, sure he's threatenned staff and is verbally abusive, but it's just cause he cares about his patients.... BARF!
  5. by   suzanne4
    What about the scalpel towards the surgical tech???????????
    Definitely thinks that he has some problems....................
  6. by   fiestynurse
    There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior. The nurses and technicians should file a hostile work environment harassment claim. This hospital needs a wake-up call!
  7. by   jemb
    Waved a scalpel at someone in anger, and while verbally abusing the person?! Hello -- anyone see assault with a deadly weapon here? Maybe the complaint should be to the police department insead of to the hospital suits.

    If I worked there and this guy was reinstated, I think the PD would be my destination. Formal, official complaint--and not to the hospital!
  8. by   PA-C in Texas
    Not approrpriate. However, what does "gesturing at a technician with a scalpel" mean? Did he motion with the scalpel for someone to go get something or did he look like he was hunting for another patient?
  9. by   fergus51
    I doubt they would be complaining if he just pointed to a pack of gum with the scalpel and said "Could you pass me the trident please?". Threatenning staff is never ok, no matter what your title. It amazes me that we excuse this type of behaviour from doctors when we wouldn't put up with it from a fast food worker. Doctors should be more professional, not less.
  10. by   purplemania
    I knew a nurse in Memphis years ago who was in OR when the MD threw an instrument at her. He missed, but as soon as she could leave she went out and called police. When he finished his case he was arrested on assault/battery charge. They settled out of court but at least she got her message across!
  11. by   bellehill
    Quote from fergus51
    "He has certain techniques that he likes followed, and he demands a quality of care that sometimes he doesn't witness," Harvey said. "I think he probably has offended some nurses, but I think it's all in the spirit of quality of care for his patients."



    I especially like this one.... Oh, sure he's threatenned staff and is verbally abusive, but it's just cause he cares about his patients.... BARF!
    This was my favorite too. Don't they realize we take care of them once the surgeon is done and we need a good working relationship with their doctor. I would imagine if the OR nurses have this much trouble the floor nurses hear the same from him.

    Its okay to abuse the nurses and techs as long as the patient outcome is good...is that the message we are sending to theses docs?
  12. by   PA-C in Texas
    Quote from fergus51
    I doubt they would be complaining if he just pointed to a pack of gum with the scalpel and said "Could you pass me the trident please?". Threatenning staff is never ok, no matter what your title. It amazes me that we excuse this type of behaviour from doctors when we wouldn't put up with it from a fast food worker. Doctors should be more professional, not less.
    Some people complain because of personality conflicts, and it is only the naive individual that refuses to recognize this. Notice the article does not say "threatened", but rather, "gestured". Can you not think of any of your fellow nurses that might choose to make a mountain out a mole hill because of some personal issues? Or are you so jaded by your notion that physicians dump on nurse that you are ready to pass judgment given such scant information?

    Apparently the physician WAS "verbally abusive". 30 people don't just get together and complain for the hell of it. However, we are potentially talking about assault with a deadly weapon, and that is a whole different ball game, and one that I am sure thirty people did not witness.
  13. by   fergus51
    PA-C, now I think you're the one jumping to conclusions I actually get along very well with the vast majority of docs I work with and they don't mistreat me.

    I just think you need to look at the total picture. A man who is admittedly abusive to more than 30 staff members obviously has some issues controlling his temper and it isn't a big jump from yelling to threatening with a scalpel...

    I don't think anyone needs to make a mountain out of a molehill by making stuff up and the paper wouldn't use that word for legal reasons alone, not because it isn't the case.
  14. by   PA-C in Texas
    Quote from fergus51
    PA-C, now I think you're the one jumping to conclusions I actually get along very well with the vast majority of docs I work with and they don't mistreat me.

    I just think you need to look at the total picture. A man who is admittedly abusive to more than 30 staff members obviously has some issues controlling his temper and it isn't a big jump from yelling to threatening with a scalpel...

    I don't think anyone needs to make a mountain out of a molehill by making stuff up and the paper wouldn't use that word for legal reasons alone, not because it isn't the case.
    I have certainly yelled at people before while doing various tasks, even while cooking. That doesn't mean that I threatened them with a butcher knife.

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