"We just don't know"
Healthcare organizations, Montero says, talk about the Exeter saga as if it is unique, he says, "but we just don't know. We need a better system that keeps track of qualifications, sanctions, and processes for healthcare professionals in general, not just about doctors and nurses."
Montero pauses briefly to apologize again. "I'm sorry, I am preaching and I am on my soapbox again. But I am so upset about this. It shouldn't have happened. Ever."
According to Martin Kramer, spokesman for the federal National Practitioner Data Bank, hospitals are required to report adverse events taken against the clinical privileges of physicians and dentists. Technologists are not granted clinical privileges; they are employed.
Kramer adds that state licensing boards must report adverse actions taken against a practitioner's license, not just physicians and dentists.
But it remains unclear whether Kwiatkowski was required to have a license in the states where he practiced, and even if he did, whether anybody reported his behavior or checked.