Teen Impersonates Doctor in a Real Hospital for Weeks & No One Notices

Say What!? 78

Matthew ScheidtWhen Matthew Scheidt went to get a badge for his job as a clerk at a doctor's office and ended up with credentials for a physician's assistant, the 17-year-old had a choice. He could 'fess up or impersonate a health care worker. Unfortunately for the patients at a Florida hospital, the teen chose the path that's sending him to jail for a year

As if there weren't enough reasons to hate hospitals? Now we have teenagers masquerading as physician's assistants running around? And no one notices?

Scheidt apparently fancies himself quite the actor. Cops say they also caught him impersonating a police officer (that case still has to go through the courts). A year in jail and eight years probation sound about right for this guy. He sounds like a real threat to society.

But can we talk about the hospital for a second?

While he impersonated a physician's assistant, the teenager apparently was changing bandages, handling IVs, and conducting exams. For weeks!

He even did CPR on an overdose patient. These are all things that should have shown his co-workers how inept he was, and all could have put people's lives in serious danger. And no one stepped in over several weeks of this?

I would like to think that when I go into a hospital, everyone there cares about patient care. That means not only do they try their best to be good at their own jobs, but they are also highly aware of what their co-workers are doing.

It's the one place I'm completely cool with tattling on your co-worker. We aren't talking about too many personal calls on the company's dime here. We're talking about lives at stake!

I blame Matthew for making the wrong decision. But we need to address the fact that he shouldn't have been able to make it.

What do you think should be done to the hospital? Should they be sanctioned as well?

 

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Simone Green

Sounds like he was a fan of the show 'The Pretender' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pretender_(TV_series) Where the guy slipped into all these great jobs for a few days and didn't get caught.

Elizabeth E. Fulmer

Yes,I believe the hospital is more to blame than the young man in this case.For sarts he was only 17 years old. He has alot of time to think about what he did. Hospital needs to take blame too.


 

ecu_xo ecu_xo

For those that think the sentence was too harsh, let me remind you that impersonating a medical professional is a FELONY, and kids should know right from wrong by age 17.  He is lucky that is all he received.  Obviously, he did not learn his lesson because he was later arrested for impersonating a police officer while out on bond for the hospital case.  I do agree that he does need some sort of psychiatric evaluation, but it has likely already been done...it would've been key for his defense.  Also, it would have been incredibly easy to just tell the HR clerk that a mistake had been made, but he chose not to do so.  


Yes, the hospital should also be held accountable for the mistake, regardless of whether any patient died or received improper care.  Not to belittle the potential effects on people's lives/health, but hospitals also have a duty to protect patient's private information.  I'm sure there is/was some type of investigation and legal involvement with the hospital, even if it hasn't necessarily been made public.  The hospital is probably already suffering as an organization due to the fact that when people have a choice, they may be choosing other area hospitals for their care.  

Sharon Coffman Hampton

So many mistakes that is is hard to believe he got away with this for so long. What about the person who gave him the wrong credentials/badge? Shouldn't there be some safe guards there? Can someone just walk in and say I'm a physicians assistant and get a badge? Someone was sleeping on the job and needs reprimanded. What about the doctors that were seeing these patients? Nurses, patients, family members never thought it strange that a doctor and physicians assistant was seeing the patient in the same day? This is crazy!

nonmember avatar Alice

For all you know he could of been a boy scout or in some sort of activity/class that taught him CPR and changing bandages... Doctors and Nurses are not the only people who learn that stuff so if he did them correctly, obviously nobody is going to ask questions.
Yes he was in the wrong and glad he got caught, but threat to society? Did he kill anyone? I know he could of, but I doubt on purpose. It sounds to me he was actually doing the job of helping not hurting whether it was legal or not. Need more detail!

Robin Tanzini-Meltzer

Good thing he wasn't a surgeons assistant! Thank God he was caught before something terrible happened to a patient!

Jamie Nixon

I feel the person in charge of his credintials should be fired for their inability to clearly see that this teenage boy could not possibly be a physicians assistant and clarify it with him before giving him the badge.

Heather Uncapher Rusch

For those that think the sentence was too harsh, let me remind you that impersonating a medical professional is a FELONY, and kids should know right from wrong by age 17. He is lucky that is all he received. Obviously, he did not learn his lesson because he was later arrested for impersonating a police officer while out on bond for the hospital case. I do agree that he does need some sort of psychiatric evaluation, but it has likely already been done...it would've been key for his defense. Also, it would have been incredibly easy to just tell the HR clerk that a mistake had been made, but he chose not to do so.

Yes, the hospital should also be held accountable for the mistake, regardless of whether any patient died or received improper care. Not to belittle the potential effects on people's lives/health, but hospitals also have a duty to protect patient's private information. I'm sure there is/was some type of investigation and legal involvement with the hospital, even if it hasn't necessarily been made public. The hospital is probably already suffering as an organization due to the fact that when people have a choice, they may be choosing other area hospitals for their care. ( i so agree with this statement its true and i thibnk he needs to be in jail for more then a yr)

Mandy Taylor Jones

OMG this is unacceptable! People are commenting that he was competent! If your not legally certified the Hospital is legally responsible for any malpractice committed! He was lying about his credentials so regardless of how this article sounds to some iddiots he has no right to perform the listed acts! Do you want him performing CPR on you or your loved one during an overdose? Really? Not to mention the financial downfall that can could occur to the hospital in a lawsuit!

Sara Losch

should have gotten longer than a year, even if he is 17, he sure acted like an adult and should be tried like one also. i cant believe you all think thats too harsh. putting peoples lives in danger is a serious crime

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