Man brings 3 guns into ER

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    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/cri....shooting.komo

    Cops found the first 2....then found the 3rd 2 hours later.

    Now, what I want to know is...how many of us who work in hospitals IMMEDIATELY thought of specific people when they watched this video? I found my self thinking, "Oh, yeah, that could by X, Y or Z on any given day...."

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    Yeah, I think what makes it so scary is that each of us know that that could be my ER, and I could be the one walking in to take care of that pt with the gun/knife.
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    I have always wondered why security isn't tighter in ER's. There should be metal detectors and inspection by a security officer before you are allowed in.
    fiveofpeep likes this.
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    I was always thankful that we had a contract with the local federal prison and ALWAYS had armed guards in the ER, halls, cafeteria, smoking areas, etc. I saw that as a deterant for the local crazy who might think about acting some crap out in the absence of scary people with guns. I was always curious as to why hospital security had no guns, I mean we are talking about high stress environments where people die and their strung out "significant other" blows his cork. I have been threatened, spit at, bitten, hit, and otherwise abused, and I worked in the peds ICU and L & D, glad I didn't work in the ER!
    classykaren likes this.
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    Quote from daisydoll
    I have always wondered why security isn't tighter in ER's. There should be metal detectors and inspection by a security officer before you are allowed in.
    Agree with that. ER's should be treated like a locked down psych unit.
    I once worked in an ER so wide open a patients dog made his way from the bed of a pick up truck all the way to a patient's room. Big dog. Got help from the motion activated doors. Trotted right on in.
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    Yup - how many times have I thought the exact same thing. I work in a super busy Manhattan ER and we have 1 'security guard' at the door (not armed - and trust me - i've seen them in action...scary)...and that's all we have to stop someone from walking right into our department.

    Me and the other nurses I work with on nights have talked about where we would hide when someone comes in shooting. We think it's only a matter of time...
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    I've actually been in our "kitchen" where we have the ice machine and thought, "Push come to shove, we could get in here and pull the first drawer out to block the door, then hide on the other side of the fridge..."
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    This hospital isn't very far from us, and we do regular business with them, so this situation hit a little close to home for my ED.

    The thing that just makes my head spin is the fact that the cops took two guns off this patient following a search - and later he produced a THIRD. Would someone explain to me why this patient wasn't stripped down with all his belongings outside the room after the first search?

    I'm sorry, you come into my ED with a gun - you're wearing your birthday suit and a hospital gown. I'll take my chances in front of a jury if I get sued for civil rights infringements.

    They could have just as easily been burying a nurse or a doctor.
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    Where's the surprise? Would be smarter to quit letting Tom, Dick and Harry carry guns instead of locking down the ERs...
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    ghillbert "Where's the surprise? Would be smarter to quit letting Tom, Dick and Harry carry guns instead of locking down the ERs...

    If guns kill people, do pencils cause spelling errors? .02 cents


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