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Step away from that nurse! Violence in healthcare continues unabated

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A nurse approached a patient's bedside to remove an intravenous (IV) catheter in preparation for discharge from the hospital. He lunged at her, hitting her with an IV pole and knocking her to the ground, stomping on her head, and beating her repeatedly until she became unconscious. The nurse suffered head trauma and multiple fractures to her face. She survived the attack but required neurosurgery and was in critical condition for some time. The patient, who was not known to be dangerous, apparently became angry when told he was being discharged from the hospital. more


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