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Video captures anesthesiologist removing drugs, exposes female patients

Hospital Safety Insider, May 12, 2016

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When officials at a California hospital suspected that someone was stealing drugs from anesthesia carts, they equipped the carts with motion-activated cameras. The video surveillance worked, according to a story in Outpatient Surgery magazine.

According to the story, hidden cameras at Sharp Grossmont Hospital's Women's Health Center in La Mesa captured anesthesiologist Adam Dorin, MD, MBA, placing vials of drugs, including propofol, in his scrub top pocket a dozen times. Dorin denies taking the medications for his personal use and claims additional footage would show that he administered and returned the drugs he took. But the hospital is balking at releasing the video because it would compromise patients who were recorded while under anesthesia undergoing C-sections, tubal ligations, and other gynecological procedures.

The hospital had mounted small video cameras inside computer monitors attached to anesthesia carts used in three operating rooms at the Women's Health Center. Thousands of video clips were made for nearly a year starting in July 2012.

According to the magazine's report, the hidden cameras automatically recorded whenever someone stepped in front of a cart, and at least 12 show Dorin removing vials, including propofol, from carts and putting them into a shirt pocket.

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