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Monday, August 25, 2008

Thiefery

Not sure if theifery is even a word, but it should be.

So how is it that a woman coming in for her regular prenatal visit thinks it's totally fine to permanently borrow a $700 doptone? Like, you know, we might not notice it missing?

What balls.

11 comments:

Mom said...

There is such a word; it's thievery.

That girl had lots of nerve. I think a doc should talk with her in such a way that they let her know they know what she took. You know, put her in the same exam room and then when they go to look for the doptone, can remark it's missing, etc.

Lisa said...

Its thievery. With a v. :-)

char said...

it's Thievery... thief- thieves, Like Wife-wives
Midwifery breaks the rules.

Labor Nurse said...

I have to laugh....I'm just about to get my master's degree and I can't spell theivery.

And Mom... why should a doctor talk to her? She sees midwives!

Real said...

How do you know she took it? Sounds like a story worth sharing.

Mom said...

Sorry - I forgot the midwife was who she was seeing. You can tell I'm old school.I automatically think of a doc when a woman has a baby. Shame on me, huh?

PE Mommy said...

Yikes. At my ob's office, they NEVER leave a doppler in the room by itself. My ob always comes in carrying it. It is kept on the shelf in the hallway near the scale (right where nurses can keep an eye on it). If she wanted one so bad, she could have gotten one on Ebay for $100 shipped. I got mine off Ebay for that price.

Labor Nurse said...

Mom, you're right- Shame on you! ;-)

Here is how we know it was this particular woman: she was the last patient on the morning before lunch, and it was missing right after her appointment. We keep it in a drawer in the exam room. I happened to leave her in the room while I consulted with my preceptor. When I came back she was in a hurry to leave; I found this funny since she spent a whole 20 minutes going on about vague symptoms that she thought might just buy her an ultrasound for more pictures of her baby.

No one else went into that exam room at lunch time (I know this because I was right next to it during lunch).

The population this office serves are very poor people, all on Medicaid, so I highly doubt this woman had the money to buy a used doptone even at a discount.

Kitty said...

I love your blog!

Kitty said...

Does that happen often?

PE Mommy said...

Are you guys still keeping her as a patient? Can you discharge her? I mean if she is being dishonest about that, what else is she being dishonest about? I don't like people that give off fake symptoms to get an US. It makes it harder for those of us that are really having an issue to have one.

p.s. why are ob docs and midwife dopplers so expensive? I got a brand new digital readout one on ebay for $115 shipped. It works fine. I am not thin by any means and started getting the heartbeat on it at 11 weeks 2 days. Is there something different between them? this is the one I bought: http://cgi.ebay.com/New-HI-bebe-Prenatal-Baby-Heart-Monitor-Fetal-Doppler_W0QQitemZ360083651466QQihZ023QQcategoryZ117028QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem I really am just curious. Thanks.