The Virginia Board of Medicine committee members must not have a sense of humor. How else to explain the $1,500 fine they levied against orthopedic surgeon Benjamin Allen, MD, for stapling a surgical nurse's forearm while playing around in an OR at Culpeper (Va.) Regional Hospital?
In board documents
, Dr. Allen says he only meant to tack the sleeve of the nurse's scrub jacket while testing a malfunctioning staple gun. Surgical staffers who saw the incident, however, describe Dr. Allen's actions as part of a "joke."