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Old 01-12-2010, 10:00 PM
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An off-duty police officer working security at Deaconess Hospital on Sunday had to use a stun gun to subdue an unruly patient who hit a nurse and dodged the officer.
Christopher D. Young, of Fairfield, Ill., will face charges of battering a health care worker and resisting law enforcement once released from the hospital, according to an Evansville Police Department affidavit. According to that report, an ambulance brought Young from Wayne County, Ill., and the ambulance crew called ahead to alert the hospital that they were reportedly bringing in "a combative patient." He was identified as Christopher D. Young. No further information about Young was available.


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I have NEVER understood why it was ever OK to use nurses as punching bags, or even targets of verbal abuse. Unless a patient is psychotic or drugged, they need to be charged in these assaults.


When I was a new grad, a brilliant but abusive, arrrogant surgeon lost his OR rights and paid a huge settlement for throwing a tray of instruments at a nurse he didn't think was moving quickly enough during a procedure. It really cut down on MD's acting like asses...
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I got punched in the nose by one of my favorite patients. My fault as I didn't see it coming. The only bad thing was he got me right where I got beaned with a baseball... fortunately, no break this time around.


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DNephew/Godson and I were playing catch at my birthday party. Sun got in my eyes, and I missed the ball. It came down on my nose and broke it...

Fast forward 2 years later... Pt. beans me with his fist when I was trying to calm him down when doing care. Patient resists care when there 2 or more people trying to give care. I think he gets scared, and starts throwing punches and kicking. If I do care with him one on one, he's fine... but then, I ask him "Can I do this_________?" Most of the time he says "Ok" in this cute little voice. I couldn't be mad at him for socking me.. it was my fault... I never saw the punch coming. When I yelled Ouch, he looked at me with this really cute look, and said "I'm sorry"...

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I witnessed pleanty of episodes where nurses and Dr's got plummeted by pt's when I worked ER. One nurse ended up on disability for a long period of time. No charges ever came out of the assaults that I know of, atleast the police where never called at the time of the incident.
I believe that pt's should be charged the same as if they assaulted John Doe on the street.
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I hope this creep is charged to the full letter of the law.
No it is never ok to hit anyone but especially some one in the field of health who are only trying to help them.
Makes me so angry.

I remember years ago we had a surgeon who was a prick.
He verbally abused a nurse and called her a slut, he was barred from the hospital for 6 months.
We are all professional people working together for the common good of our patients EVEN so it does not give the right for people to lash out either physically or verabally.
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