i was so frustrated the other night i couldn't see straight. a pt, who is an illegal immagrant, went off in our triage are because they didn't like the triage process. when our nurse tech went over to try to calm the pt., they went off on him, grabbing areas that are painful on males, hiting him, kneeing him, scratching him. after a long night with the pt. a detective comes and looks at the tape of the incident and says , it wasn't assult, (because the tech walked into the situation. )and !
, it was unlawful
restraint of a pt. all he was trying to do was calm the pt. he did place his hands on the pt's sholders but, he in no way used restraint.. it wasn't until the pt let loose on him that he defended himself. now he has to have hiv testing and has to worry about law suit
because the family is now talking, latino lawers. the detective said we should have waited on the police. (what a load of bull *(#!#####&*^#!) since when are medical personel not allowed to take control of situations that can be a danger to other pt's and staff. there were other pt's sitting near, including children. if something happened to them we would have been liable too. i don't understand.
Jan 22, '07
You may want to read this thread on the Voy forum located http://www.voy.com/140037/9808.html
This individual also posted here initially and they have been through hell because of a very similar situation. It is a shame yes but it does happen. This individuals husband now has a permanent mark on his license and had to fight with the BON. Every nurse should take heed to stories such as these. Just reading her husbands story is absolutely frightening!
Last edit by Lacie on Jan 22, '07
Jan 22, '07
Quote from subee
You are kidding aren't you? Its of tremendous consequence if your ER is closing because it can't afford to stay open. And then it becomes even more difficult for the poor people to get care. You can't turn someone away looking for care in an ER but you can turn them away at the border.
That's not the topic of this thread. The topic is the a nurse was assaulted and responded, and the aftermath of that. The ethnicity of the attacker is doesn't seem necessary to mention, nor the fact that they are getting Latino layers.
It really has distracted from the main point and has the potential to go off on a tagent that really isn't necessary.
The main question of the OP is can health care providers respond to a violent patient, or do we have to wait for the police?
If you'd like to discuss how illegal immigrants are impacting emergency rooms and the bottom line of health care, please post another topic.
Last edit by Tweety on Jan 22, '07