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

by Jeanne Sager on November 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM

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?

 

Image via Osceola County Sheriff's Office

Filed Under: crime

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  • Jacqu...
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    Jacqueline Stevason

    November 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Seen 'Catch Me If You Can' a few too many times? Wow. Hopefully he gets the help that he so clearly needs.


  • Rhond...
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    RhondaVeggie

    November 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM
    Why would you assume he was inept? None of the things listed are that hard. I know I couldn't start an IV but just from being a patient and visiting people I know how to change the bag, operate the pump, and all that. Changing dressings and doing CPR are things taught in a basic first aid course. If someone came round to change a dressing or hang a new bag of saline I wouldn't question their credentials unless they did something wrong and chances are they wouldn't screw up such simple tasks.
  • the4m...
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    the4mutts

    November 15, 2012 at 12:07 PM
    While he deserves his sentence, those things aren't hard. I can do them all. I can also cath men & women. Hospice nurses taught me while caring for my grandparents. It doesn't sound like he was a real danger, but its fraud, and he could have escalated to th point of becoming dangerous.
  • tuffy...
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    tuffymama

    November 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM
    It must be a sign of Armageddon; RV made a comment that made sense to me. =O
  • HS
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    HS

    November 15, 2012 at 12:26 PM
    "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?"

    How was he being inept? He was obviously performing all the things you listed correctly to the point that it didn't raise any alarms. What he did was wrong and he deserves his sentence since he's making a habit of this, but why are you blaming the hospital?

    An "inept" blogger writes blogs blaming the hospital, a journalist would have added more detail to her story, like, how did he get caught.
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    mrswillie

    November 15, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Unreal. I would love to hear more details


  • Gwen M
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    Gwen M

    November 15, 2012 at 2:33 PM
    He was there for 5 days and people did notice he didn't really belong. That is why they contacted HR. No one every said he didn't know how to do those things. Removing IVs is very easy. The hospital should only be to blame if it affected patient treatment. Also the hospital is looking into this. The HR department made the mistake when he told them he was a PA and did not verify. Unfortunately they probably get real Drs, PAs, RNs, etc in who lose their badges and don't want to go thru all the steps so they just got used to doing it the easy way. If you google it you can find the news reports from when it happened.
  • ashle...
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    ashleywagoner

    November 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM
    He probably trained himself by reading how to's on the internet. I think a year in jail may be a little harsh considering he is only 17.
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    Jennifer Harris

    November 15, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    A year is too long. I would put him in therapy though and make sure he is not a sociopath. I also wonder how good was he at his "job". Love to hear more details. 


  • Lacey...
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    Lacey Tierney

    November 15, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    A year is good. He's 17. If he doesn't know right from wrong now, than he should get longer.


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