Pt gets charged with 3rd Degree assualt for throwing Urine filled bedpan - page 2

by Peeker19

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Happen at a local hospital here in Denver. So glad that someone is putting their foot down and making an example that it is in no way ok to hurl your body fluids at someone. It is assault and should be treated as such. Nobody... Read More


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    The nurse that was assaulted was a male. If there were more males in nursing, there would be more assault charges for turd patients who act like this when they don't get their way. Men fight back, why can't women?
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    Quote from whichone'spink
    The nurse that was assaulted was a male. If there were more males in nursing, there would be more assault charges for turd patients who act like this when they don't get their way. Men fight back, why can't women?

    The question may be a good one. One of the reasons few of either sex fight back is we have been taught non violent responses to de-escalate rather than always meeting force with force. I have seen the results of take downs that resulted in broken bones, permanent deformities, nerve damage and other unanticipated consequences of stopping inappropriate behaviors. I have not personally seen it result in death but that would not be out of the range of consequences.

    Just so you know, there are women on these boards that you would not want to say such a sexist thing about. They would have you on your back crying uncle quickly. If you don't think a woman can fight back you are very wrong.

    One of the issues with some men is that they need to learn that defusing a situation before it escalated to anyone finding the need to fight. Most patients who would engage in assaults would not be in a position to have an able bodied man fight them. Healthy people don't spend much time in hospital. Most psychotic people are not violent. That leaves very few that one would want to engage in a fight. If they are well enough to fight an able bodied man, do they need to be in hospital? If they will to be assaultive I would rather see them out and put into a more restrictive environment, jail comes to mind.

    One can be assertive without fighting.
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    Quote from whichone'spink
    The nurse that was assaulted was a male. If there were more males in nursing, there would be more assault charges for turd patients who act like this when they don't get their way. Men fight back, why can't women?
    I'm not willing to put my butt on the line to retaliate against a patient. I'd be more than willing to help restrain a patient or deter a patient from becoming violence in a 'show of force', though. Oddly enough my hospital's emergency procedures use that exact phrase when outlining how to deal with a violent or potentially violent patient. However, if I was being physically attacked (not having things thrown at me from a distance), I would gladly engage in fisticuffs to subdue someone who is actively causing me physical harm from close range.

    Nurses aren't the cuddly lovebugs that people like to imagine we are, nor should we be.
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    If a patient who was not confused/demented threw a bedpan of urine at me I'd file charges as well. And I'd be more than happy to help restrain them while security does it thing. I am not there to be abused or assaulted, I am only there to work and help people.
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    Before starting an IV on a lady, she told me that if it hurt, she would hit me. To which I politely replied that I would sue her for assault. I must have done a good job, as neither occurred.
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    I work in mental health. We recently had a client that spit bloody saliva at several staff members. She was charged with simple assault (and found guilty).
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