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When the patient is a prison inmate

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Many nurses read, and commented on, the Medscape article Nurses Sue Over Hostage, Rape Incident at Illinois Hospital. This report highlighted the dangers faced by nurses when caring for prison inmates. Here's what happened: Tywon Salters, an inmate being treated at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Illinois, overpowered a corrections officer who was guarding him and grabbed his gun. He took two nurses hostage, beat them, and raped one of them at gunpoint while the corrections officer cowered in another hospital room. Those nurses, their husbands, and two other nurses are suing the corrections officer, the county he works for, and the company that provides security for the hospital. more

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