​Impairment and Disruptive Behavior

Anyone who has reasonable suspicion that a practitioner may be impaired should communicate these suspicions to the manager or Administrator On Duty (AOD).

Signs and Symptoms of Impairment

Signs and symptoms include, but are not limited to:


  • Physical – deterioration of hygiene or personal appearance, frequent accidents
  • Behavioral – personality/behavior change, loss of reliability, patient or staff complaints about care, depression, indecision, lack of response to calls/pages,social distancing

All physicians and licensed independent practitioners are expected to conduct themselves
in a professional manner.

Signs and Symptoms of Disruptive Behavior

Disruptive behavior is defined as aberrant behavior that interferes with patient care or the operations of the hospital. Signs and symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Inappropriate anger/defiance
  • Use of intimidation, threats
  • Uncooperative behavior
  • Inappropriate language
  • Sexual comments, innuendos or harassment