I take my hat off to her, too! So far, the BON hasn't weighed in on this, but a local news channel interviewed 2 Legal Nurse Consultants who poo-pooed over the padded-room surveilance tape, and agreed with the atty that the patient was treated unfairly! I emailed the news director re: their show of bias toward the perpetrator on their account of the situation. Here it is:
message: With all due respect, I was appalled at the coverage your
program did on "abuse" of a patient at _________hospital. First, I would
like to point out that the guy spat on someone, and then proceeded to
BITE another nurse's FINGER OFF! You're biased experts also stated that
there was no reason to restrain the patient, as he was docile at the
time. The patient had taken his dressings off a few minutes before, and
was attempting to leave the room. This could be considered as being a
danger to himself and to others. He was placed in the padded isolation
room for a reason. Do you think he was in there in the first place,
because he was docile??? I also noticed that the towel the nurse had
"put around his neck" was placed under his jaw- preventing him from
further spitting- not choking him, PLEASE! This guy was not hurt as a
result of their behavior, but a staff member was. This is what she gets
for having the guts to prosecute this guy for biting her finger off??? !
Do you realize how many nurses are abused by drunk/high and beligerent
patients in hospitals every day, only to be told there is nothing they
can do about it? Did you show the nurse getting her finger bitten off?
If he is capable of this, what would he have done if he hadn't been
restrained?? I also noted how he conveniently didn't remember biting
her finger off at all, but he remembers clear as day asking to be
allowed to calm down. PLEASE!!! Also note the fast speed of the
security tape- it can make movements appear to be more violent than they
actually are at a normal speed. I'm sure you are patting yourself on
the back for doing such great undercover work on this situation, but
what you did was show bias toward the perpetrator of a violent crime,
who came out of this unharmed. As employees, the hospital staff had a
right to attempt to prevent a violent attack against them in the
workplace. What would you do in a similar situation at your workplace?
continually impose violence on you (and I'm sure he was being violent
and beligerent PRIOR to the taping, since he was placed in the padded
room in the first place), or try to protect yourself by restraining the
person? Are nurses held to higher standards involving treatment of
dangerous patients? Yes! Are news professionals held to higher
standards regarding getting the whole truth out in a story, and avoiding
bias? Yes! Otherwise, you become The Inquirer, don't you? Where is
the rest of the story? Why can't you address the issue of unreported
violent acts committed against nurses every single day right here in
your hometown? And finally, why did you minimize the fact (not
conjecture, or opinion) that this nurse got her finger bitten off???
Your coverage of this was sorely lacking.
And here is the reply I got:
Thanks for your message, despite your criticism we do appreciate viewer
comments. While I don't expect you to agree, I felt it important to
write you a response, since you took time to write to us.
WAVE-3 takes great care with every story, and did so especially in this
case, to make sure we are fair and accurate. In this instance we went
to extreme measures to fine qualified experts who would give us an
unbiased opinion, based on their professional expertise. I believe the
story did that, and more. The story also left no doubt that the patient
was drunk and violent. Had the experts said the hospital staff did
exactly what was proper, that was what we would have aired. We have no
agenda, other than to tell and expose the truth.
Moreover, ________hospital officials were given three opportunities to
explain and justify this action, they chose to reply only be way of a
written statement. We cannot let their refusal to address this issue
stand in the way of what is an important story.
As I mentioned, I don't expect this to change your opinion. But we are
always open to criticism, and we appreciate that you watched WAVE-3
Chris Jadick - News Director
If anyone would like links to the story, I will provide them here, or if anyone else would like to email this guy, let me know- I'll put his email addy up, too. Thanks for the reply, Nurse Ratched!