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Emergency Department Security News Archive [2004 - 2007]

WE WORK IN FEAR OF PATIENTS ATTACKING US
thisisgloucestershire.co.uk, UK - Dec 27, 2007
Tom Llewellyn, who is clinical director of the trust's emergency department, says many staff don't feel safe working in A&E. Mr Llewellyn, who has worked in ...

CVH tightens security in its emergency room
Barre Montpelier Times Argus, VT - Dec 26, 2007
... a Vermont State Police trooper who had accompanied another trooper to the hospital's emergency department to interview the victim of an assault. ...

Hospitals step up security
Asheville Citizen-Times, NC - Dec 24, 2007
Assaults on hospital staff, infant abductions and emergency room fracases have increased nationwide, Aldridge said. “Statistically since 1983, we’ve had ...

Violence shocks our hospitals
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia - Dec 7, 2007
Dr Parnis said the Brumby Government should make attacks on emergency room workers aggravated offences that carried bigger fines and longer jail time, ...

Doctor wants hospital guards armed with Tasers
National Post, Canada - Dec 4, 2007
An emergency room doctor in Fort McMurray, Alta., wants security guards armed with Tasers or pepper spray to deal with escalating violence inside this ...

Hospital ER more violent: doc
Fort McMurray TodayCanada - Nov 30, 2007
Violence in the emergency department has spiked and we had quite a busy weekend,” said Dufresne Thursday. “Four people were hauled away by security and one ...

Cops to guard A & E
NW Evening Mail, UK - Nov 30, 2007
POLICE will patrol the corridors of Furness General Hospital in a major crackdown on Christmas violence. Determined to end drunken and drug-fuelled attacks ...

Sheba Hospital staff to hold 2-hour strike over violence against ...
Jerusalem Post, Israel - Nov 20, 2007
Sheba emergency room director Dr. Eran Segal told the radio station that the hospital suffered from a lack of security. "This is a financial issue. ...

new bill would allow medical institutions not to treat violent ...
Jerusalem Post, Israel - Nov 18, 2007
by judy siegel-itzkovich three-quarters of hospital emergency room staff experienced physical or verbal violence at the hands of patients or their relatives ...

Health: Real-Life Drama Of The Emergency Room
CBS 3, PA - Oct 31, 2007
Read more in our Privacy Policy PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ― Dealing with violence is an every day job for some. On the front lines are the doctors and nurses who ...

Hospital security concerns mean $500000 renovation
CBC Prince Edward Island, Canada - Oct 30, 2007
Summerside's Prince County Hospital has beefed up security in its emergency room and the province will spend $500000 redesigning its layout. ...

'Man in hurry' attacks doctor
Gulf Daily News, Bahrain - Oct 23, 2007
By MANDEEP SINGH POLICE were called over yet another assault on a doctor at the Salmaniya Medical Complex Accident and Emergency Department yesterday. ...

Man with gun in ER is charged
Ashtabula Star-BeaconOH - Oct 24, 2007
The nurse notified hospital security. The security guard went to the emergency room and unloaded the double-barrel .38-caliber Derringer pistol, ...

New Zealand Herald
Radio New ZealandNew Zealand - Oct 15, 2007
There are also reports that some new employees at Dunedin Hospital are quitting within a week because of abuse from staff in the emergency department. ...

Health workers are being abused
Cambridge Evening News, UK - Oct 8, 2007
SHOCKING new figures reveal the levels of violence and intimidation the region's hospital workers endure as they try to help patients. ...

Patient held after brawl
Gulf Daily News, Bahrain - Oct 3, 2007
The alleged drug addicts argued with doctors in the Accident and Emergency Department, after demanding two days off work, sources told the GDN. ...

ER nurses fall victim to increasing violence, study finds
Deseret News, UT - Sep 29, 2007
LDS Hospital, the University of Utah Medical Center and Ogden's McKay-Dee Hospital have not had problems with violence in the emergency room, according to ...

Nurses worry about hospital safety
Nunatsiaq NewsCanada - Sep 27, 2007
Another time, an agitated man tore apart the emergency department, resisted the efforts of five RCMP officers who were called to restrain him and sent

Nurse attacked at the MED
WREG, TN - Sep 18, 2007
Police say 28 year old Timothy Shipp demanded a nurse's attention in the MED's emergency department. When he was told she'd attend to him after another ...

Health chiefs press home demands for zero tolerance after latest ...
Belfast Telegraph, United Kingdom - Sep 27, 2007
The warning comes after a doctor was assaulted in Londonderry by a patient he was treating in Altnagelvin hospital's accident and emergency department on ...

Woman arrested in ER defended
Berkshire Eagle, MA - Sep 20, 2007
As the officers escorted Swann to their police cruiser, she kicked toward the emergency department's registered nurse as he walked by them. ...

Nurse attacked at the MED
WREG, TN - Sep 18, 2007
Police say 28 year old Timothy Shipp demanded a nurse's attention in the MED's emergency department. When he was told she'd attend to him after another ...

Patient records indicate lax follow-through at county facility
Press-Enterprise (subscription), CA - 22 hours ago
However, incomplete patient recordkeeping and emergency room crowding were among 33 problems identified by a year-long Riverside County grand jury ...

Asian doctor charged with sexual assault
Hindustan Times, India - Aug 10, 2007
... 2003 to April 2005 as a senior house officer and from May 2006 to the present day as a specialist registrar in the Accident and Emergency Department. ...

Nurses tell union of violent attacks suffered at hands of patients
ChronicleHerald.ca, Canada - Aug 10, 2007
... to remain anonymous, said some patients suffering from drug-related frenzies, such as "cocaine rage," are often admitted to the emergency room at first. ...

State tries to treat hospital violence
OregonLive.com, OR - Aug 7, 2007
Perhaps the bigger change is that the new law will launch a detailed, statewide tally of hospital violence. The state will collect information about each ...

Docs, nurses take self-defence
Sunday Times.au, Australia - Jul 28, 2007
Royal Perth Hospital's acting emergency department manager Michelle Johnston said the growing use of drugs in society, particularly crystal methamphetamine ...

Abuse of hospital staff prompts security boost
ABC Online, Australia - Jul 20, 2007
Clinical nurse Barry Paton works in the emergency department and says staff are being subject to verbal and attempted physical abuse almost every shift. ...

24/7 boozing trebles A&E admissions
SouthLondon.co.ukUnited Kingdom - Jul 20, 2007
The study showed that in March 2005 there were 79 alcohol-related visits to the hospital's emergency department, accounting for just three per cent of all ...

Nursing grievances part of job
Daily Telegraph, Australia - Jul 17, 2007
In an emergency department, it's usually the patients. Waiting for eight hours to be seen by anyone, let alone a doctor, is bound to fray nerves. ...

High-tech upgrades to BC's busiest ER complete
CBC New Brunswick, Canada - Jul 17, 2007
The emergency department at Vancouver General Hospital said it's hoping that major renovations completed Monday will decrease wait times and increase safety ...

Working conditions at hospitals deplorable
The News-Press, FL - Jul 17, 2007
My second concern is the emergency room at Cape Coral Hospital. Granted they usually have an overload of many different illnesses; however, they seem to be ...

Survey Shows Nurses Subjected To Workplace Violence
NewsNet5.com, OH - Jul 12, 2007
CLEVELAND -- A new survey conducted last year by the Emergency Nurses Association shows that nine out of 10 emergency room nurses said they have been ...

Report finds hospital workers keep quiet on verbal abuse
Newark Star Ledger,  USA - Jul 2, 2007
This is the finding of a recently released report, "Workplace Violence and Prevention in New Jersey Hospital Emergency Departments," conducted by ...

Violence costs Americans $70 billion
Courier, NJ - Jun 28, 2007
The researchers used national statistics on mortality, medical expenditure and hospital emergency department records, insurance claims, labor statistics, ...

GB, Eleuthera Reporting More Drug Users
The Bahama Journal - Nassau,Bahamas

... launch an eight-month long study at the Emergency Room of the Princess Margaret Hospital to try to quantify the relationship between drugs and violence. ...
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Woman reports sexual assault
Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, IA - Jun 18, 2007
... Bluffs woman reported an alleged sexual assault Saturday at 12:22 am while being treated in the Alegent Health Mercy Hospital Emergency Department, ...

Attack left nurse at risk for HIV
Boston Herald, 
United States - Jun 10, 2007
But, she said, the hospital requires access cards to enter high-security areas, such as the emergency department. There are panic buttons for staff, ...

Police in hospitals to protect medical staff from patients
AsiaNews.it - Italy
Last November the emergency room in a hospital in Guangan (Sichuan) refused to perform a gastric lavage (stomach pump) on a four-year-old child (who had ...
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ASBO for man who abused NHS staff
Oldham Advertiser - Oldham,England,UK
An NHS statement said that his abusive behaviour began in 2002 when he was being taken to the accident and emergency department at the Royal Oldham Hospital ...
 

NBC San Diego Receives E-Mail Threatening VA Hospital Violence
NBC4.TV, CA - Apr 24, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Investigators are looking into a threatening e-mail sent to the NBC San Diego affiliate. The message reportedly appeared to come from ...

Hospitals should report crime victims: police
CBC Nova Scotia, Canada - Apr 19, 2007
Police in Halifax say it's time doctors started letting investigators know when a patient treated at the emergency department is possibly the victim of a ...

A Profile of Emergency Admissions Following Injury—Our Experience ...
AEM (subscription) - Apr 24, 2007
(Interim analysis) A total of 2945 patients were registered in the Accident and Emergency department in August 2006 and the study is in progress. ...

Trauma Staffers Say Violence Is Rising
KETV.com, NE - May 3, 2007
"It's the loss of a life, loss of so much potential, it's very sad," said emergency room director Wesley Grigsby. "Unfortunately, right now, we're seeing an ...

Cutting-edge security
Florida Today - Melbourne,FL,USA

"For instance, we've created a video series that focuses on workplace violence in different areas of the hospital."
Health First also has closed-circuit ...

Crime Victim's Rights Week Proclamation
Fox 12 Boise, ID - Apr 19, 2007
"Now, sexual assault forensic examiners will be able to provide care to victims in an environment outside of the busy,
hectic emergency department. ...

Florida Today, FL - Apr 17, 2007
"For instance, we've created a video series that focuses on workplace violence in different areas of the hospital." Health First also has closed-circuit ...

April Nursing News and Research Briefs
Newswise (press release) - Apr 6, 2007
When comparing usual care and screening of women seeking emergency department (ED) care at a major hospital, the authors of “Intimate Partner Violence and ...

Johns Hopkins University Nursing News and Research Briefs: April 2007
AScribe (press release) - Apr 6, 2007
When comparing usual care and screening of women seeking emergency department (ED) care at a major hospital, the authors of "Intimate Partner Violence and ...

Hospitals bear brunt of raging ice addiction
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia - Apr 1, 2007
"At this hospital over the last five or six years, we have experienced a tsunami of ice cases descending on the emergency department," the director of drug ...

Hospital staff to wear stab-proof vests as violent patients on the ...
This is LondonUK -
Undercover officers began patrolling the accident and emergency department at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham at the weekend. ...

Police: Man Stabs 2 People In Emergency Room
10News.com, CA - Mar 23, 2007
Although the exact motive of the assault was unclear, the attack may have been a domestic violence incident, Washington said.

ER needs help with violent patients
NorthJersey.com, NJ -
Hospital violence is not limited to Bergen Regional. In 2005, cases of patient-on-staff violence in New Jersey private hospitals were recorded for 76 of ...

Fallbrook Hospital stabbing may be linked to domestic violence
FALLBROOK ---- A stabbing in the emergency room of Fallbrook Hospital may be domestic violence related, a sheriff's sergeant said Saturday.

Move on violence applauded
The Nelson Mail, New Zealand - Mar 22, 2007
Frontline staff at Nelson Hospital are being trained to screen patients for signs of domestic violence in a move applauded by police and social services. ...

Bonner checks himself into Louisville hospital
New Albany Tribune - IN,USA
The man accused of attacking several staff members at Clark Memorial Hospital after hearing that his son had died checked himself into a Louisville hospital Monday. Police say Bonner and his two sons attacked staff members at Clark Memorial Hospital’s emergency room on March 11 after hearing of the death of Bonner’s son ...
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Teen shoots another in Mansfield outside hospital emergency room
Toledo Blade - Toledo,OH,USA -

The suspect was tackled by a hospital security guard and placed in handcuffs as he tried to follow the victim inside, said Cindy Jakubick, a spokeswoman for ...

Attacks on hospital staff rise
Dorset Echo, 
UK
A DOCTOR at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital's accident and emergency department was trapped in a room and attacked by a patient with a pair of crutches. ...

Patient Violence
AM850 - FL,USA
Nurse Manager for the Shand's Emergency Department Craig Davies credits the jump in violence to the increased number of patients in the ER , but he notes ...
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Brockton Hospital nurses ratify contract
Boston Globe, MA -
... address what they say is the growing problem of workplace violence against nurses, most often by patients in the emergency room or psychiatric ward. ...

Drug abusers strain hospitals
Western Australia Post Newspapers, Australia -
Feb 9, 2007
Dr Frank Daly, head of emergency at Royal Perth Hospital, said a quarter of all emergency department (ED) admissions at the hospital were for drug problems. ...

ER cop incidents were mostly minor
MetroWest Daily News, MA - Feb 6, 2007
"If something arises in the emergency department, security is always there," said Terri McDonald, spokesman at Milford Whitinsville Hospital. ...

Man locked up for 'terrifying' machete attack
ic Croydon, UK - Feb 6, 2007
"I think he and his family would join me in acknowledging the vital treatment that he received at the accident and emergency department at St Helier ...

Amputee accused fights guard
Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand - Jan 23, 2007
Burton, who has had his leg amputated after being shot by police, was re-admitted to the emergency department to check his wound and have his dressing ...

Man slings blood on wife and nurse
Sherman Denison Herald Democrat, TX - Jan 17, 2007
Hospital security was called to restrain the Durant man. After the man was treated, he was taken to Bryan County Jail where he was booked on charges of ...

Jefferson hospital to provide protection from abuse orders
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA - Jan 11, 2007
The emergency room at Jefferson Regional Medical Center is a place where victims of domestic abuse sometimes end up in the middle of the night, ...

Wife throws fit - assaults nurse trying to measure her weight
Savannah Morning News, GA -
Jan 4, 2007
The couple drove from the hospital, but police, contacted by hospital security, tracked the pair to the emergency room at Memorial Health University Medical ...

Are Feet More Dangerous Than Fists?
CBS News, NY - 19 hours ago
... send someone to the University Hospital of Wales ... The university's emergency department serves 1.5 million people in ... the use of feet in violence, and preventing ...
Boots are more dangerous than blades, Welsh uni research finds ic Wales
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Boots are more dangerous than blades, Welsh uni research finds
ic WalesUnited Kingdom - Dec 29, 2006
... violence resulting in treatment at the Emergency Department, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, between 1999 and 2005. They found that while assault with a ...

Boots are more dangerous than blades, Welsh uni research finds
ic WalesUnited Kingdom - Dec 13, 2006
... violence resulting in treatment at the Emergency Department, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, between 1999 and 2005. They found that while assault with a ...

One-third physically assaulted, half emotionally abused ...
Winnipeg Free Press, Canada - Dec 12, 2006
... officer, said health officials have been working to curb violence in hospitals and ... She said staff in the emergency room, mental health wards and personal care ...

GENERAL, LIFE AND DEATH AT SAN FRANCISCO'S HOSPITAL OF LAST RESORT
San Francisco Chronicle,  USA - Dec 11, 2006
... The hospital also houses the city's only psychiatric emergency room, where last year ... big issue in the psychiatric world right now is violence in psychiatric ...

Aide accused of sex crime in hospital
The Express Times, PA - Dec 7, 2006
... 1 after she arrived at the emergency department and was placed in an examination area. ... Crouse said the sexual assault wasn't reported until Oct. ...

reviewjournal.com -- News: Emergency room violence concerns health ...
The American College of Emergency Physicians thinks emergency room violence is serious enough to do studies on it. A survey of emergency room physicians in ...

Troublemakers at hospital are fined
This Is Lancashire, UK - Nov 22, 2006
... fines after misbehaving in the accident and emergency department at the Royal Bolton Hospital. ... in the UK - to reduce disorder and violence against staff in ...

Hospitals can report crimes too
Beloit Daily News, WI - Nov 20, 2006
... assault, said Sherry Green, Director of the Emergency Department at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford ... Green said reporting violence is an effective way of ...

News in brief from the Philadelphia area
NEPA News, PA - 2 hours ago
... jury a man who killed a Newtown police officer and wounded two people in a shooting in a hospital emergency room deserves the ... "He reveled in his own violence. ...

Workplace violence targeted
ChronicleHerald.caCanada - Nov 16, 2006
... violence, said sometimes patients and their families take their frustrations out on nurses. "There was an occasion when I worked in the emergency room when ...

Adolescent health: The emergency room
Young People Now, UK - Nov 14, 2006
... "A lot of those who have been physically assaulted or subject to violence may just want to come and receive treatment and then go," says Poyton. ...

On day he shot officer to death, Flor's family tried to help him
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA - Nov 14, 2006
... Flor's violence flared when he drank, Shaw and Boell said. ... In the emergency room, Flor snatched Warunek's gun and started firing. ...

Struggling to stay healthy
Long Beach Press-Telegram, CA - Nov 14, 2006
... At Memorial Medical Center, of about 80,000 emergency room visits, half were ... in places where family stresses are compounded by poverty, violence, and drugs ...

Emergency Department News - October, 2006

Lancaster General staff battles domestic violence
Lancaster Newspapers, PA - Oct 11, 2006
By Susan E. Lindt. LANCASTER COUNTY, PA - A Lancaster General pamphlet shows a photo of a happy, smiling family with their arms around ...

Man's death rekindles debate on Tasers
Charleston Post Courier (subscription), SC - Oct 3, 2006
... Stanfield said Black told deputies and an emergency room doctor that he had smoked ... had a long list of arrests in connection with violent assaults, burglary and ...

LGH increases focus on domestic violence
Lancaster Newspapers, PA - Oct 10, 2006
By Susan E. Lindt. LANCASTER COUNTY, PA - Felecia Ezell, 34, was raped, stabbed, beaten and pushed from a third-floor window in 2000, when she was pregnant. ...

Emergency Department News - July, August, September 2006

Leading Emergency Nurse on ED Crowding, Necessary Federal Action ...
U.S. Newswire (press release), DC - Sep 28, 2006
... safety, disaster preparedness, emergency department (ED) crowding ... at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ... issues including workplace violence and shortages ...

Shocking cost to A&E of drunk patients
Milton Keynes Citizen, UK - Sep 12, 2006
... domestic violence and child abuse. ... more ». A SINGLE patient has been admitted drunk to Milton Keynes General Hospital's Accident and Emergency Department a ...

Nursing home employee charged with assault
Myrtle Beach Sun News, SC - Sep 15, 2006
... Sheriff's deputies were called to a hospital emergency room Tuesday evening to investigate an assault, and the case was turned over to SLED. ...

Options exist for sexual assault victims
Northern Star Online, IL - Sep 7, 2006
... members are also trained in hospital emergency rooms ... The emergency department is the first responder in cases ... into the state under the Violence Protection Act ...

Hospital may bar visitors in hoodies
Stuff.co.nzNew Zealand - Aug 28, 2006
... that violence, abuse and intimidation, along with any other unacceptable behaviour, will not be tolerated.". Wellington Hospital's emergency department service ...

I ended my hospital shift as a victim of patient violence
ic CoventryUK - Aug 17, 2006
ONE dreary night last November, Cheryl reported for work at the emergency department of a Coventry hospital as normal. Little did ...

Protect the public with up-to-date bulletins
Roanoke Times, VA - Aug 25, 2006
... emergency room nurse at a local hospital, we had ... man was brought in handcuffs to the emergency department. ... has become one where indiscriminate violence is far ...

Pepper spray victim allegedly assaults nurse
DesMoinesRegister.com, IA - Jul 31, 2006
hospital employee in the emergency room of Mercy Medical Center and caused the hospital worker to suffer the same symptoms. Dawn ...


Emergency Department News - June, 2006

Emergency Department Violence / U.S. & U.K.

Patient attacks security guard
Huntsville Forester - Ontario, Canada
... called to the hospital emergency room, where a patient who had been undergoing a psychiatric assessment had assaulted one of the hospital’s security personnel ...

Emergency Nurses Association Issues Call for Zero Tolerance of ...
U.S. Newswire (press release) - Washington,DC,USA
... supports the implementation of a violence prevention program requiring trained and equipped security personnel to be on duty in the emergency department at all ...

Windsor hospital overhauls emergency call system
OHS Canada - Toronto,ON,Canada
... current "code white" personal alarms located in various departments within the hospital. ... whether or not such technologies can address workplace violence in a ...

Attacks rise on hospital staff
This Is Lancashire - Blackburn,England,UK
... police base in the accident and emergency department, which has ... The number of security guards at the hospital has ... to prevent any form of violence against staff ...

Health workers in danger: 20,000 attacked last year
Sunday Herald - Glasgow,Scotland,UK
... or the threat of violence is part of the job.” He added that that GPs on home visits could have “the same protection as a doctor working in a hospital”. ...

US Emergency Medicine System Near Breaking Point
MedPage Today, NJ -
... to be moved into hospital beds, they must wait in emergency department hallways for ... which covered seat belt and helmet laws, domestic violence programs, and ...

State of Emergency Medicine in Tennessee
Bristol Herald Courier, TN - Jan 10, 2006
... for having one of the highest rates of annual emergency department visits per ... substance abuse treatment programs, and a lack of domestic violence, child abuse ...

Gunshots leave a long echo in Toronto
Toronto Star, Canada -
... Michael's emergency department waiting for news on my brother's condition when I caught a ... would make people think a little more before acting on this violence. ...

Hospital tackles violence head-on
MyTown Bay of Plenty, New Zealand -
... one of the three worst hot spots for violence in the Western Bay of Plenty - fuelled mainly by boozed or drugged people turning up at the emergency department. ...

ED takes zero tolerance approach to violence
Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand -
... Tauranga Hospital emergency department nurse manager, Marama Tauranga, says that a “Zero ... and nursing staff need to have zero tolerance of violence if they ...

Action stations for our medicos
Tamworth Northern Daily Leader, Australia -Jan 15, 2006
... She said a lot of the patients who visit the emergency department over the Festival ... "The Festival is a fairly passive event without too much violence and it's ...

Horror attack on hospital doctor
Belfast Telegraph - United Kingdom
... illustration of the high threat of violence against Northern ... Security staff were unable to help as they were ... in to the accident and emergency department had to ...

Emergency Department News - 2005

Nurses Confront a Touchy Issue: Sexual Harassment by Patients
Newhouse News Service (NNS) - Dec 19, 2005
... "Like the myths we heard around domestic violence 20 years ... Summers said she was a nurse in a Washington, DC, emergency room when she was pawed by the drunken ...

From:   Newhouse News Service

Emergency Department News - November, 2005

Review after mayhem at hospital
Belfast Telegraph - United Kingdom
... SECURITY measures in the A&E department of one of Northern Ireland's busiest hospitals are to be reviewed after a weekend incident resulted in four nurses being sent home suffering from shock. review ...

Rampage at hospital shuts A&E
Belfast Telegraph - United Kingdom
The high threat of violence faced constantly by Northern ... the rampage in the accident and emergency department of the ... Security staff were unable to help as they ...

Hospital security criticized after attack on nurse

Ireland Online - Dublin,Ireland

The accusation follows a serious assault on a nurse by a patient in the hospital's accident and emergency unit this week.  INO spokesman Philip McAnenly said today that no security staff were present during ...

St. Mary hospital tightens ER security after shooting; The Middletown facility will separate people who are in police custody from other patients.


Emergency Department News Archive

The Philadelphia Inquirer -- Starting today, St. Mary Medical Center will separate people in police custody from others in its emergency room. A Newtown police officer was killed and another officer and a hospital worker were wounded in a shooting in the ER on Sept. 29.

The designated area will be secured by police from surrounding towns with the help of hospital security personnel. Guards at the hospital are not armed.

Posted on Fri, Oct. 07, 2005
By Ira Porter
Inquirer Staff Writer

Emergency Department Violence Not Uncommon; Majority of Emergency Physicians Report Experiencing at Least One Violent Act a Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Violence against emergency department workers, like the recent violent abduction of the emergency medicine resident Abby Lockhart in the television drama “ER,” may be more fact than fiction.   A new study to be published online today by Annals of Emergency Medicinefinds verbal threats, physical assault and even stalking are not uncommon workplace problems for emergency physicians. (Workplace Violence: A Survey of Emergency Physicians in the State of Michigan).

Source: ACEP
POSTED: April, 2005

Terrorism: Questions & Answers - Council on Foreign Relations - In Cooperation with the Markle Foundation
Hospital Emergency Rooms:   What would make emergency rooms better prepared?

Experts say the most important element is an effective response plan   Other measures include:

  • conducting drills based on attacks with germs, gases, and radiation;
  • training staff to recognize symptoms resulting from various bioweapons, determine the appropriate treatment,     protect themselves, isolate patients, and administer vaccines;
  • expanding “surge capacity”—the ability to treat many patients simultaneously during a crisis;
  • See: Article for additional Questins & Answers
  • Council On Foreign Relations  -- in cooperations with the Markle Foundation
    POSTED: 28 February, 2005

    Hospital murders spark safety crisis
    From TIMESONLINE - Adam Sage in Paris - The French Health Minister summoned a crisis meeting on safety in public hospitals last night after the gruesome double murder of a psychiatric nurse and a care assistant in southern France.   Amid a wave of revulsion over the death of the two women at Pau general psychiatric hospital, one of whom was decapitated, Philippe Douste-Blazy pledged urgent measures to reinforce security for all medical personnel.

    TIMESONLINE - World News  -- by ADAM SAGE
    POSTED: 20 December, 2004

    Emergency services prepare for disaster
    (Fort Bragg, December 2, 2004) — Community disasters come in many forms and can strike at any time.  Earthquakes, fires, floods and even tsunamis come to mind as possible natural disasters on the coast.  Accidents, chemical spills, explosions, bioterrorism, infectious disease and food borne toxic botulism are some others.

    Fort Bragg Advocate-News  -- by CONNIE KORBEL Of the Advocate
    POSTED: 2 December, 2004 - Last Updated: Thursday, December 02, 2004 - 8:06:41 AM PST

    How Did Attacker Get to Woman Inside a Hospital?
    (New York-WABC, November 19, 2004) — A woman was slashed as she got treatment inside of a local hospital.   Worse yet, it happened even though she had an order of protection against her attack.  How could it happen?

    7online.com  -- by Michelle Charlesworth, ABC Eyewitness News
    POSTED: 19 November, 2004

    Terrified nurses had to wrestle a gun from a patient
    In a separate incident, police were called when another patient was found with a knife at the Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

    ic Birmingham  -- by By Emily Andrews, Sunday Mercury
    POSTED: 14 November, 2004

    St. Cloud Hospital will start screening all emergency room patients and visitors for weapons 24 hours a day.
    A second metal detector will be added this month to the door near the Emergency Trauma Center. Security staffers will be added from 5 a.m.-9 p.m. Security already screens people from 9 p.m.-5 a.m.

    St. Cloud Times Online  -- by Kate Kompa
    POSTED: 9 November, 2004


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