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Federal Way hospital nurse charged with rape of patient

by Matt Rosenberg April 26th, 2011

SUMMARY: A registered nurse working in the emergency department at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Wash. has had his license suspended and has been charged in King County Superior Court with second-degree rape of a patient seeking treatment for severe back pain. The alleged incident occurred when he performed an unauthorized pelvic examination.

KEY LINKS: Statement of Charges against Konstantin V. Kurkov, Washington State Department of Health, April 18th, 2011 (released April 25th, 2011)

Summary Action Order re Konstantin V. Kurkov, Washington State Department of Health, April 20th, 2011 (released April 25th, 2011)

Washington State Department of Health News Release, April 25, 2011

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KEY FINDINGS:

  • On March 16, 2011, a registered nurse working in the emergency department at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Wash., Konstantin V. Kurkov, is alleged to have committed second degree rape of a female patient in an examining room.
  • After a five-hour wait, the patient complaining of severe back pain was seen, initially by Kurkov and a female employee. She was to asked remove her clothing, don a gown and go to provide blood and urine samples for lab tests. She returned to the examination room, where Kurkov, now alone, proceeded to examine her. She believed he was a physician.
  • Kurkov is alleged to have told her the test results were negative, but said there was a problem with her disc. He examined her back, moving his fingers along her spine, then directed her to stand and touch her toes, which she reported later made her uncomfortable because the back of her gown was open. After she was back on the examining table, Kurkov gained permission to push on her abdomen.
  • At this stage, Kurkov is alleged to have worked his fingers lower, touching the patient’s vagina, opening her legs and saying there was a white spot inside her. Kurkov inserted his finger; the patient said it was painful; he added lubricant to his fingers and repeated the action several times, without gloves.
  • Kurkov was alone with the patient, and was described by her later as nervous, shaky, and sweating. He indicated the exam was finished and left, then returned with discharge papers and asked to check the white spot again. She refused, and left feeling she had been violated. After describing the visit to a friend and her regular doctor, both told her it did not sound appropriate. She reported what happened to the hospital and the Fedral Way Police Department.
  • The hospital suspended Kurkov based on the allegations, and reported he had no authority to perform a pelvic examination. The Nursing Care Quality Commission of the state health department last week suspended his license to work as a registered nurse, pending further disciplinary action.
  • Kurkov was charged April 1 in King County Superior Court with one count of rape in the second degree, a Class A felony. (State v. Kurkov).

UPDATE: Kurkov in September, 2012 agreed to permanently surrender his health care worker license to the State of Washington, after having pled guilty to reduced charges of second degree assault in connection with the incident in the hospital.

Matt Rosenberg is founder and editor of Public Data Ferret, a project of the non-profit Public Eye Northwest.

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