Drunk Nurse Assists Emergency Operation

Drunk Nurse Assists Emergency Operation
Medical/Surgical Operative Photography Phalinn Ooi/Flickr cc by 2.0

A drunken registered nurse came under fire after assisting a surgical operation under the influence of alcohol in a hospital in Pennsylvania.


Police affidavit shows that registered nurse Richard Pieri of the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center is now facing multiple criminal charges after reporting to duty drunk. Pieri downed four-five bottle of beer a few hours before he assisted the emergency operation according to the Associated Press via New York Post.

Pieri admitted to have taken four or five bottles of beer prior to the operation. He however claimed that he’s unaware that he was on-call for that night of the operation. Piere, whose main responsibility during the whole operation was to monitor the patient’s vital sign and prepare the patient, was charged with three criminal charges, including driving under the influence, public drunkenness, and recklessly endangering another person, the NY Post reported.

According to a report from the Lighthouse News Daily, the suspect was caught by a surveillance camera in the hospital appeared groggy and wobbling at the parking lot. It was also reported that Piere appeared irritated and obviously too drunk for the operation.

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The report also noted that the 59-year-old veteran first went to the hospital on February 4 for an appendectomy, a medical procedure of removing a swollen appendix. Although the operation was generally successful, it was reported that the patient has been rushed back to the hospital due to stomachache complaints.

According to Lighthouse News Daily, Piere was having a good time at the nearby Mohegan Sun Casino and had the drinking spree before rushing to the hospital to assist the patient’s appendectomy. He insisted that he forgot that he was on-call for that night, the report added.

While Piere’s case is being heard, the hospital administration has barred the suspect from providing any direct healthcare to patients. The preliminary hearing is set on the 29th of March.