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Hospital allegedly didn't report gunshot wound suffered by pro athlete

Hospital Safety Insider, December 3, 2008

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A New York City hospital is in hot water with the mayor after at least one healthcare worker treated a National Football League player for a gunshot wound but allegedly didn’t report the shooting to police--even though state law requires such action, The New York Times reported.
 
New York Giants player Plaxico Burress was at a nightclub last Saturday night when he accidentally shot himself in the leg with a handgun he allegedly didn’t have a permit for.
 
Burress went to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center to receive treatment for the injury, but no one from the hospital contacted police about the shooting. A spokesperson for the New York Police Department told The Times an administrator at the hospital was allegedly unforthcoming about Burress, citing patient privacy laws, after police heard about the incident on the news and arrived at the medical center.
 
The hospital’s vice president of public affairs told The Times the person responsible for not reporting the gunshot had been suspended.
 
Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants hospital management to face criminal misdemeanor charges for its alleged role in the lax reporting of the shooting.



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