Preventing Sexual Assault in Medical Settings: Best Practices for Patient Safety

Preventing Sexual Assault in Medical Settings: Best Practices for Patient Safety

Trust should be an integral part of any environment where healthcare is provided. Medical settings are usually places of vulnerability and dependency and need to act as safe spaces characterized by respect and dignity.

This calls for the urgent need to address and prevent sexual assault in these settings, which is a matter of utmost importance. In light of cases such as those involving ob-gyn Dr. Robert Hadden, Utah’s ob/gyn David Broadbent, and NY Presbyterian’s urologist Dr. Darius Paduch, it’s clear that a greater level of awareness is needed.

Here’s what the Hospitals could have done and what they should do right now to ensure the Patient Safety which they promised.

Staff Training

Preventing sexual assault begins with educated and proactive staff. Comprehensive training should cover all aspects of sexual assault. Cases like Columbia/Presbyterian’s ob-gyn, Robert A. Hadden highlight the need to go beyond reactive measures and develop proactive strategies that nurture a culture of respect and understanding.

A crucial part of this training involves respecting boundaries. Staff should understand the necessity of obtaining informed consent for all procedures. Emphasizing the importance of preserving patient privacy, especially during sensitive examinations or procedures, is very crucial.

Additionally, training must involve bystander intervention techniques. Empowering staff to recognize, intervene, and report inappropriate behavior encourages shared responsibility, creating an environment where everyone is committed to maintaining safety.

Patient Education

Patient education is another pivotal aspect of preventing medical malpractice. Many patients, like some of those affected in cases by Dr. David Broadbent and ob-gyn Dr. Robert Hadden, are often unaware of their rights and the standards of behavior they should expect from their healthcare providers.

Information about these topics should be readily available. It should be clearly communicated that no form of sexual misconduct is acceptable, and any inappropriate behavior must be reported.

Educating patients about procedures, their potential discomfort, and what they can expect can lessen anxiety and empower patients to speak out if something doesn’t seem right.

We at The DiPietro Law Firm believe it is essential that people know their rights, make them aware of the abuses that have occurred, and help them fight medical malpractice & sexual abuse.

Reporting Procedures

Reporting procedures need to be transparent, accessible, and easy to understand. Patients should feel confident that their complaints will be seriously considered, thoroughly investigated, and addressed without bias. Confidentiality is paramount; patients must feel secure to report misconduct without fear of retaliation. Which is why all our calls that are 100% Confidential.

An independent body or external agency to handle complaints could ensure impartiality and thoroughness. A clear policy regarding disciplinary measures against offenders should be in place, further assuring patients that their safety is prioritized.

We at Anthony T. DiPietro’s Law Firm have been leading the charge in addressing sexual assault cases within the medical community. For over two decades, DiPietro has dedicated his career to holding large corporate institutions, such as Columbia University, accountable for sexual assaults and exploitation committed against their patients.

The team at DiPietro Law Firm stands prepared and committed to assist in bringing the culprits and the institutions that employ them, to account. Our firm recognizes the deep emotional and psychological impacts that victims of sexual abuse endure. As such, we are the first in the country to provide complimentary counseling sessions facilitated by a licensed professional.

Policy and Oversight

Healthcare providers must maintain strict disciplinary policies for any kind of sexual harassment or misconduct. Having such policies in place can discourage potential offenders and reassure patients that their safety is a top priority.

Promoting a zero-tolerance policy is essential, and the policy should be visibly displayed and regularly communicated to both staff and patients.

Conclusion

The prevention of sexual assault in medical settings is a shared responsibility among healthcare professionals, administrators, and patients. This requires building an environment of trust, understanding, and open communication. Regular staff training, comprehensive patient education, and robust reporting procedures are crucial to these efforts.

Healthcare is not just about treating illnesses, it’s about providing holistic care that respects human dignity. Our shared goal should be to create a safe and caring healthcare environment where everyone can seek care without fear.

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Years of Abuse:  1987 – 2016

Brief: 

Robert Hadden, a disgraced Obstetrician-Gynecologist (OB/GYN) who worked for Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, was criminally convicted in 2016 of sexually exploiting and abusing patients under the guise of medical care.

Hadden used his position of authority and trust to sexually exploit women and girls for nearly three decades as a Columbia University physician.

All the while, Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital administrators turned their backs and ignored reports of Hadden’s abuse, gaslighting patients and the public.

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Years of Abuse:  1979 – 2022

Brief: 

David H. Broadbent is a former OB/GYN under criminal investigation and facing civil lawsuits for sexual abuse of patients.

Broadent worked at multiple medical facilities in the Provo, Orem and Salt Lake City, UT areas.

These facilities included Intermountain Healthcare’s Utah Valley Hospital, MountainStar Healthcare’s Timpanogos Hospital, other Utah health care providers, and he also had adverse action taken against his medical license back in 1990.

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Years of Abuse:  1961 – 1996

Brief: 

22 predator teachers and administrators, over the course of 35 years.

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