Hospital criticized for stun gun use
LOS ANGELES, CA, Jun. 5 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles County hospital has 23 days to find ways to subdue patients without using stun guns or risk losing more than half of its $350 million budget.
The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday federal inspectors are threatening to cut off funding at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center because of excessive use of Taser stun guns.
Since March 2003, eight patients have been shocked with Tasers by county police using incapacitating jolts of electricity without trying less-extreme methods first, said Steven Chickering, a regional manager with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Most hospitals never use Tasers and call in specially trained medical personnel to calm patients or subdue them with medication or minimal force, according to Chickering.
Jun 6, '04
Quote from fergus51
Ah, I say taser the whole lot of them. Maybe then, they'll stop being abusive and disruptive
We all know that hospital personel are being attacked even murdered at ever increasing pace. Sometimes you just gota do what you gota do. If you notice it says, "county police" are using these things. When these people get abusive the cops are called and they use force. Why are hospital funds being threatened? Why not threaten law inforcement funds.
Last edit by oramar on Jun 6, '04
: Reason: additional info