Texas psychiatric emergency room site of shocking acts by nurses

The emergency room is where Texans go in the midst of dire situations. The ER is not a place anyone expects to see their situation get worse. Certainly, no one visiting a medical facility of any sort expects anything but doctors and nurses following the requisite standards of patient care for their profession.

Recently at a Dallas hospital, there occurred a disturbing altercation between a patient and hospital staff, including a nurse. According to footage from a security camera, hospital staff members can be seen strapping a psychiatric patient into a chair, forcing a roll of toilet paper into the patient's mouth and then putting a sheet over the patient's head. A police report noted that another hospital employee warned the staff members that they were doing illegal things.

The incident happened in mid-March of this year, but a review of security camera footage didn't alert anyone until April 8. At that point, the hospital informed the Texas health department of the situation. According to reports, one of the nurses involved in this recent incident also took part in a 2011 incident that involved a patient's death and sparked a federal investigation. Another nurse involved in the 2014 gagging altercation has been investigated on allegation sof domestic violence in the past.

In today's strained medical environment, nursing negligence is a real phenomenon and a dangerous one at that. From overworked nurses to staff members who may be forced to perform duties that go beyond their training, there may be situations in which nurses and other staff are unintentionally negligent or make accidental, yet still harmful, nursing errors. Still, as the Parkland Memorial Hospital case shows, there may also be cases where a patient is being obviously mistreated. In either type of situation, holding the responsible entity accountable is usually the only way victims and their families can experience any sort of relief from the trauma.

Source: The Dallas Morning News, "Parkland Psych ER is again scene of patient abuse," Miles Moffeit and Brooks Egerton, June 14, 2014

Categories: Nursing Negligence