Patient violence sends temperatures up at hospital

Workers at Kfar Saba's Meir hospital held an emergency meeting and concerns about violence towards hospital staff were again raised after another incident in which a patient attacked a nurse.

By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY (TRANSLATED)
October 6, 2008 15:25
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Workers at Kfar Saba's Meir hospital held an emergency meeting and concerns about violence towards hospital staff were again raised after another incident in which a patient attacked a nurse recently, reports www.mynet.co.il. Hospital employees said lawmakers must act to curb the growing phenomenon of violence against medical personnel by unhappy patients or their families. According to the report, in the latest incident, a patient physically attacked a male nurse after complaining that an item had been stolen from him. The furious patient reportedly grabbed the nurse around the throat and began choking, then punching him. Security staff and police were called to the scene, and the hospital employees' committee held an emergency meeting to discuss the issue, saying this was not the first such incident at the hospital. The nurse was not seriously injured. "Violence towards medical teams at hospitals is growing and legislators must give their views on the subject," a Meir employees' spokeswoman said. "We have numerous attacks here, some verbal and some physical, and we should not have to endure this … We want protection." At the meeting, the employees' committee decided it would ask hospital management to install "panic buttons" in wards for staff, and to increase the number of security staff at the hospital. The hospital's response was not reported.

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