Suit: Johns Hopkins doctor sprayed patient fluids on nurse as part of hazing routine

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FILE – This Oct. 2, 2013, file photo shows part of the Johns Hopkins Hospital complex in Baltimore. The hospital has reached a tentative labor agreement with a union representing about 2,000 workers at the medical institution. A Hopkins spokeswoman said Tuesday, July 8, 2014, that a union vote will take place over the next […]

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A lawsuit charges that a doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital sprayed a nurse with a patient’s contaminated fluids as part of accepted hazing by attending physicians.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that Benjamin Waldbaum filed the lawsuit Thursday in Baltimore against Martin Slodzinksi. Waldbaum’s lawsuit says Slodzinksi felt comfortable spraying him because “the hospital tolerates an environment of hazing and abuse by attending physicians.”

The lawsuit says Waldbaum was assisting Slodzinski during an operation in June when Slodzinski unscrewed a syringe from a patient’s IV and sprayed him with the fluid. It accuses Hopkins and Slodzinski of assault, among other charges.

Waldbaum’s attorney, Ari Casper, says Hopkins isn’t taking the incident seriously. The newspaper reports the hospital says it’s taking the allegations seriously but declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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