Man brings 3 guns into ER
- 0Aug 16, '09 by nerdtonurse?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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- 1Aug 17, '09 by tewdlesI 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!
- 0Aug 17, '09 by Chaz C.Quote from daisydollAgree with that. ER's should be treated like a locked down psych unit.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.
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.
- 0Aug 17, '09 by brent_25Yup - 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...
- 0Aug 18, '09 by CrocutaThis 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.