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Australia: Patient Lands in Court for Slashing Nurse's Arm and Wrist with Knife by katty : August 29, 2018, 06:39:43 AM
A patient accused of slashing a nurse at Blacktown Hospital Western Australia has been arrested and charged over the attack.

The victim, a woman aged 35, had started work in a medical ward at 9.30pm and was looking after a 47-year-old man when he started becoming agitated about 30 minutes later.

Police say the man's erratic behaviour included walking into patient's rooms and taking photos with his mobile phone.

He then allegedly walked into an unlocked staff tearoom and grabbed two knives, with his nurse following him inside.

Unaware the man was armed, she tried helping him back into his room when he allegedly slashed her with the knives, cutting her wrists and forearms.

The nurse managed to escape the staff room and ring an alarm.

It was then that another elderly patient, aged 72, leaped into action by closing the door and locking the suspected attacker inside until security arrived 60 seconds later.

Blacktown police arrived at the hospital and disarmed the man before arresting him.

The 47-year-old patient has since been transferred to Westmead Hospital and charged with wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Robynne Cooke, the executive director of operations for the Western Sydney Local Health District, today told reporters the nurse was treated in the hospital and is now at home with her family.

"We have given her as much support as we can today and we will continue to give her support," she said.

Ms Cooke also said the patient had been redirected back to his hospital room once before the incident and appeared confused afterwards, but was still being treated medically.

"He was wandering around the ward for a period of time. He'd only been admitted for 11 hours - so he was settling," she said.

"It is difficult sometimes to identify what triggers patients. We will always have incidents in hospitals.

"There's been significant investment... into security, security procedures, security equipment - so CCTV footage, ongoing training (and) additional security guards."

Meanwhile, Judith Kiejda from the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association has raised concerns over the safety of nurses while at work.

"Quite frankly, every person expects just to go to work and come home safely. Unfortunately for our member last night, that didn't happen," she said.

"The bottom line is, you've got to feel safe and I would suggest to you that the nurses out at Blacktown today are just not feeling safe."

The nurses union has called for an extra 250 security guards in hospitals across the state with powers to detain patients who may turn violent.

An internal hospital investigation has been launched into the incident and staff members and security guards have all been offered support services following the incident.

The accused attacker is expected to appear at Blacktown Local Court tomorrow


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