We had a surgeon that we called Dr. Death....no kidding. Guy would leave stuff in pts, the nurses would tell him his count was off, and this idiot just kept sewing. In the roughly 4 years he was at our hospital, he was sued for 14 deaths -- not "gee, I think my scar's ugly" but forceps left in abdomens, colostomy reverses were the pt woke up with NO colon anymore and a 1 foot up, 1 foot over scar, for no known reason, umbilical hernia repairs where he punctured the bowel and never ordered antibiotics until the pt was within 2 hours of death (pt did die). He was also famous for inserting pages into the chart and writing orders to cover his backside, making us look like we hadn't done anything. We started numbering the pages of the chart and initialing the numbers; some nurses made copies of the chart, knowing that they were going to be lawsuits (kept copies in their lockers at work). Nobody did anything, despite repeated complaints from the nurses on the floor and in the OR. When a family he thought he could snowball was smarter than he realized, they called the medical board and threatened to go to the newspapers about Dr. Death and how the board hadn't done anything about the guy. They yanked the doc's license, and told him he had to go back thru residency. All he did was just move to another state, and start up again.