nurse broke arm of violent patient
mental health nurse broke the arm of a violent patient while restraining
Murphy, 32, from Ynysddu, was described as a "caring and responsible"
nurse who had lost his temper after the man hit him in the face
with an elbow.
reported that last week at Newport Crown Court.
Murphy admitted causing grievous bodily harm
David Morris accepted that Murphy had been "provoked"
by the man but said there was no defence for the force he had used.
Murphy was also fined £1,000.
reported that the two had struggled at St Cadoc's Hospital in Caerleon,
Wales, in August 2004, after the patient struck him in the face
with an elbow.
jury heard that the patient had been criminally violent in the past.
The defendant and a colleague started to restrain him because they
thought he was going to become more violent.
man's arm was fractured in the struggle.
David Morris said he accepted that the patient was "difficult"
and said that some people might have seen Murphy's actions as perhaps
understandable, but said there was no excuse for his actions.
had been suspended from his job since the incident and now could
be struck off the nursing register.
was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £400.
the help for nursing staff?
Anonymous (to protect identity), nursing assistant, County Durham
and Darlington NHS Trust
I remember that recently it took five members of staff on a night
shift to subdue a woman on a ward as an informal patient. This patient
had knives stored in her room and was willing to attack a member
of staff at the drop of a hat.
this woman's day leave she consumed a bottle of vodka and four cans
of strong lager. It was down to the senior house office to "5(2)"
her so she could be sent to the locked ward where, on being searched,
she was found to have a pair of nail sissors. One female staff member
had to be sent home as her shoulder was dislocated.
is the help for the nursing staff when really needed and how come
we don't often see the 'no tolerance' deal work in our favour? As
drugs and alchol are rife in psychiatric hospitals the problem will
only get worse.
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