LOS ANGELES (AP) — A review finds California’s hospital workers, especially those in emergency rooms and psychiatric wards, are at risk of violence on a daily basis.

A Los Angeles Times report published Sunday says some hospital caregivers say they are bitten, hit and kicked so often they consider it a regular part of the job.

More than one in 10 emergency room nurses surveyed last year said they had been attacked in the previous week. A 2007 study found nearly 40 percent of employees in California emergency rooms said they had been assaulted on the job in the previous year.

The newspaper finds most attacks don’t cause serious injury, but hundreds have resulted in state workers’ compensation claims in recent years.

The issue has recently gained attention as hospital employee unions have begun pushing for broader protections and more reporting by hospitals.

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Comments (3)
  1. The Mad Man says:

    AND you expected what? As a govt employee, I was bitten by a patient in the scope of my duties, so why does the state get priority? Employees are continually abused by patients when the patients are fearful and many don’t understand or want to understand their medical condition. Sometimes the bedside manor of the doctor or nurse is really out of line. I actually had a doctor FIRED for his bedside manor! That felt good!

  2. swhitS says:

    Really, I think those are minor claims in comparison to what Psych personnel do to their patients. How many have died on their drugs or by pumping voltage through their brains, what about their degrading therapies or Gitmo techniques applied to thousands daily or what about the thousands who are sexually abused by their Psychiatrists huh?

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