Patient Bites Nurse's Fingertip Off - page 4

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   BBFRN
    Yes, we require security to be present when someone is placed in leathers on the floors- they have the restraints and the keys, plus, if someone is combative enough to require leathers, you can bet most of us aren't tackling that Pt ourselves. To tell you the truth, I don't know about the ER- I've only worked bedholds down there, and thankfully my Pts weren't combative! Also, I don't know why the guy wasn't there in police custody! He was underage and drunk! Maybe a cop's presence (and some handcuffs) could've prevented this?
  2. by   funnygirl_rn
    Bellehill..I believe I saw security officers in that video too.
  3. by   gomernurse
    Seems ridiculous to have nurses up against maniacs. Can't the cops be called to drag his sorry butt out of the ER into custody?
  4. by   BBFRN
    I think that's what happened- after her finger got bitten off. I just don't understand why he wasn't already in custody for being under age and drunk, and for having outstanding domestic abuse warrants.
  5. by   nrsjo
    I'm sorry to hear of this nurses injury, but she is totally doing the right thing by prosecuting this creep. Had she not restrained him and he hurt himself or someone else, they'd be blaming her.

    Just another reason nurses are leaving and not coming back.
  6. by   BBFRN
    I agree with you 100%, nrsjo.
  7. by   Mkue
    omg, terrible story

    I agree with nrsjo too
  8. by   susanmary
    Underage man drunk ... gets in fight with "friend" ... brought to ER and spits at staff ... bites nurse's fingertip off ... and HE is suing. Makes me want to vomit. That poor nurse. HE should be prosecuted. The hospital SHOULD stand behind the nurse ... abusive patients should NOT be tolerated ... not matter how much they threaten and how many lawyers they retain. What is so sad is that this is real. Another reason there is an exodus from nursing.
  9. by   shelleybelle
    Would it be out of the question to start a letter-writing campaign to the BON on this nurse's behalf? What a nightmare for her!
  10. by   BBFRN
    I though about doing this if she lost her case.
  11. by   CCL"Babe"
    Boy do I hate this politically correct cow patties. I don't think most people realize how dangerous working in an ER can be. I can't even begin to remember how many patients who were chemically challanged that I have put in leathers. I can't remeber how many patients have spit on me, kicked me, tried to bite me, I do remember those who tried to stab me. I applaud your co-worker for taking action. I think the legal profession really does a disservice to the entire country when it fosters the kind of behavior that that under aged punk inflicted on all those around him. I hope that things work out for your co-worker.
  12. by   altomga
    This is just such a crock of "crap"....a nurse does her job, get's attacked, and is now being accused of wrong doing???
    And lay people wonder why nurses are crabby sometimes!
  13. by   lucianne
    It will be interesting to see what becomes of this. This is the same city where a police officer fired 11 shots at and killed a suspect with his hands cuffed behind his back because he was coming at the officer with a box cutter. The investigation found that the officers committed no wrongdoing. Some people--myself among them--think this was outrageous. I can't imagine 2 police officers not being able to subdue a handcuffed man without shooting him 11 times. Apparently many people think the shooting was entirely justified. Will this community hold medical personnel to the same standards as the police have been held (i.e. that what some might consider excessive force is allowed when medical personnel are in danger of physical harm)? Will they be held to a higher standard? I don't understand why the police officers couldn't subdue a handcuffed man, maybe the vast majority of people can't understand why the hospital couldn't use less force to subdue the patient.

    I wonder how race plays into the situation. I couldn't play the video clip, so I don't know about the patient, but the guy who was shot was black. If the patient in this case was white, could that have any factor in how the tape was viewed by the nurse consultants? I'd be interested in finding out if there is racial bias in the way "consultants" or even the general public view video of different scenarios. Do they tend to think more force is justified in controlling African American men? I'd also be very interested in the credentials of those consultants and if they'd ever worked ER or psych. I've never used 4-points, but I've done plenty of physical management. It can look brutal if viewed by a lay person. I would question placing tape over the patient's mouth. In my opinion, that would be medical assault. If he vomited and aspirated, the nurse and hospital would be in serious trouble.