"This is unacceptable. People MUST be held accountable for abusing healthcare workers, and management MUST back up their employees in situations such as you have experienced. You have every right to file assault and battery charges against that patient.......maybe if you do so, it will send a message to him that it's not OK to hurt others, and to your employer that they cannot just look the other way when their staff are beaten, hit, kicked, scratched, bitten and so forth."-VivaLas
Agreed, Assault charges are the logical consequences for the behavior. Failing to press charges when appropriate "enables" the behavior. What a unit allows, they promote.