A doctor at B.C.’s Penticton Regional Hospital was “savagely assaulted” by a patient on Friday, according to RCMP and the B.C. Nurses’ Union. The doctor and patient were alone for a routine interview when the incident happened. Staff on the floor of the hospital learned of the incident only when they spotted the patient walking unattended in the hallway. Staff reported that the doctor is “lucky to be alive” having been attacked by a psychiatric patient who had multiple martial arts fighting championships. The doctor is recovering in Kelowna Hospital with severe facial injuries, a broken jaw and other fractures, according to police. Read full press release on attack here >>
It is estimated that violent or potentially violent interactions with patients or clients, also known as “code white”, happen as many as 10 times a day. Nurses, who interact with these type of violent patients on a more frequent basis than doctors, are calling for more security including personal alarms.
Read below on how a personal safety monitoring system like SafetyLine can help in cases where potentially violent clients may exist: