Patient Bites Nurse's Fingertip Off - page 2

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A man who was arrested for biting off the tip of a nurse's finger spoke out about the incident Monday. Trent Taylor, 20, discussed his actions with NewsChannel 32's Allison... Read More

  1. by   funnygirl_rn
    I just finished watching the Wave3 Surveillance tape that is shown on the above web-site. Did anyone else view it? The parts shown in the seclusion room is out of focused/blurry...couldn't really see what was happening...however, those two legal nurses are really dogging the actions of the nurse that got her finger bit off!
  2. by   funnygirl_rn
    Originally posted by lgflamini
    I believe the hospital is helping her- if not only to save their own skin. She's a long time employee, and the backbone of the ER, IMO. If they don't back her up, I imagine a mass exodus here- especially in the ER. Who wants to be told we have to take this kind of abuse? I would also like to note that this nurse is 100 lbs soaking wet, and is known as someone with a very cool head- not as someone who would fly off the handle at all.
    I totally agree with you lgflamini. Sure glad the hospital is helping her. Yeah...I know what it is like to be small & to have an agressive patient over power you.
  3. by   nialloh
    Thanks lgflamini for that link. Looking at the tape at that speed, you couldn't really see what was going on, especally with no sound and zoom being used. What I could see though, the patient wasn't resting quietly.
  4. by   nrw350
    I noticed that the news caster stated that the nurse was placing tape on the patient's mouth..... but i remember reading that a towel was placed around the neck to keep the patient from opening his mouth? There is another glaring discrepancy. This all too disturbing about the media.
  5. by   funnygirl_rn
    Nialloh...when I viewed the tape, there was audio. However, as you said without zoom & most parts of it being blurry, you couldn't really tell what was going on. The two legal nurses were talking through out majority of tape (dogging the nurse & staff) while it was being critiqued.
  6. by   nrw350
    There are two videos on that page. One of the newscast, and another just of the video from the survelliance camera. It is the 2nd video of just the survelliance camera that the audio is needed to truly make the case. Also after watching the video for a few moments you get accustomed to the fast-paced at which it is shown so therefore most poeple will forget what is really happening. Granted actions speak louder than words, but there are ways of making actions seem less meaningful.

    I am pretty sure that if the video was played back at normal speed and had sound that most people would agree this is crud.
  7. by   BBFRN
    Originally posted by nrw350
    I noticed that the news caster stated that the nurse was placing tape on the patient's mouth..... but i remember reading that a towel was placed around the neck to keep the patient from opening his mouth? There is another glaring discrepancy. This all too disturbing about the media.
    Actually, she did secure the patient's jaws closed first with a towel, because he was trying to spit on the other staff member again, then his mouth was taped over after he bit her.
  8. by   nialloh
    Sorry funnygirl, I ment sound on the security tape, you couldn't tell what was said too or by the nurses. As for those "consultants", their comments were only made more ridiculous by the smiles they couldn't keep off their faces. I guess they were enjoying their time on camera.
  9. by   BBFRN
    I agree- very self-rightous, huh? Please share your emails to the guy when you send them, OK? They might be useful in helping this nurse out! Thanks!
  10. by   SharonH, RN
    I wonder about the credentials of the so-called experts they used. For instance, I wonder how many years they actually practiced nursing, how long ago and in what areas? I wonder if they have ever dealt with a drunken, unruly, and threatening patient. Was they supposed to take a few licks off this guy before they had the right to protect themselves? I could not see anything on that tape that warranted the statement "This is very, very disturbing". I also thought their characterizations of her actions in reaction to her jumping on his chest after her finger was bitten off were way off. Perhaps she was in too much pain to give a flip about doing the therapeutic thing? I have seen patients in 4-point restraints who were still very threatening and I think it is horrible how they got those nurses in there to dissect the ER nurse in an effort to get this drunken, violent creep off. It makes me sick, and they wonder why people don't want to do this anymore. I hope Louisville nurses come out in droves to protest this and support this nurse.
  11. by   BBFRN
    I agree, Sharon- I hope the local nurses here take action, too- that's where I need some advice. This could happen to any of us, I guess.
    I would also like to point out that the sound is probably off in the surveillance tape clip, because the guy had been screaming expletives and racial slurs the whole time.
  12. by   funnygirl_rn
    Originally posted by nialloh
    Sorry funnygirl, I ment sound on the security tape, you couldn't tell what was said too or by the nurses. As for those "consultants", their comments were only made more ridiculous by the smiles they couldn't keep off their faces. I guess they were enjoying their time on camera.
    thanks nialloh, I understood what you meant. Oh good lord...you are absolutely correct about those idiot consultants & their ridiculous smiles...agh!! I do agree...probably loved seeing theirselves on camera....HA! I wonder how one of those women would feel if they had their finger tip bit off! Maybe they would be a bit more compassionate for their fellow nurses.
  13. by   BBFRN
    Originally posted by funnygirl_rn
    Oh good lord...you are absolutely correct about those idiot consultants & their ridiculous smiles...agh!! I do agree...probably loved seeing theirselves on camera....HA! I wonder how one of those women would feel if they had their finger tip bit off! Maybe they would be a bit more compassionate for their fellow nurses.
    I know! And the sad thing I'm wondering about is if offender's atty could possibly admit this as testimonial evidence. Could their opinions be detrimental to her license? Does this make you guys nervous, too?

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