Nurse who punched patient back breached code - HDC

    A nurse in New Zealand who reacted to being punched in the head several times by a mental health patient by punching the patient back, was found guilty of breaching the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights and ultimately suspended.

    At the time, a female patient had been admitted to a medium security mental health facility "due to increasingly changeable mood, psychosis and associated aggressive behaviours." "The patient punched the nurse several times in the head leaving her ear bleeding and her earring torn out."

    The nurse in this situation was a new nurse and probably without the experience and training needed to work with such volatile patients. But, even with training and experience, situations happen. Nurses and other healthcare professionals become the target of sudden violence.

    While hitting patients can certainly not be condoned, what do you think about acting in such a manner in self-defense? Have you ever been in a situation where you were the victim of bodily injury inflicted by a patient?

    Can you punch a patient in self defense?
    The answer is yes. While it might not be the most common of defenses to assault and battery charges, striking a person before they hit you is a valid legal defense. The reason for this defense is the belief that the accused attacker felt threatened by the person who they struck. more
    What should a health care worker do first if a patient starts falling scream at the patient lower patient to closest flat surface call for help fall with the patient?
    What should you do if a patient starts falling? You should lower them to the closest flat surface to avoid any injury to yourself or the patient. Then call for help. more
    Which patient benefit is gained through the use of the patient-centered medical home?
    (8.21) Patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) effectively integrate information technology with a focus on primary care, which have resulted in cost containment and improved quality of healthcare delivery. more
    Who audits patient charts?
    CMS uses 10 charts as their benchmark, as do insurance companies. Once the records are selected, a Professional Medical Auditor will analyze and review each chart. They will seek out missing or inconsistent documentation and compliance errors. more
    When is a patient no longer a patient?
    Patient abandonment is a form of medical malpractice that occurs when a physician terminates the doctor-patient relationship without reasonable notice or a reasonable excuse, and fails to provide the patient with an opportunity to find a qualified replacement care provider. more
    What could happen if you do not understand medical terminology when working with a patient or looking at a patient's record?
    For example, if the doctor can clearly read a patient's chart, it helps the doctor provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. If the wrong medical terminology is used, it can drastically change the care the patient receives. A wrong diagnosis or wrong treatment plan can be harmful or even fatal. more
    What is provided by a patient care assistant to a patient?
    Patient care assistants help with providing care, support and services to patients in a hospital or health care environment. They assist patients with their personal care needs such as showering, dressing and eating. They help patients move around the facility by pushing them in wheelchairs or in mobile beds. more
    When is a patient no longer considered a patient?
    Patient abandonment is a form of medical malpractice that occurs when a physician terminates the doctor-patient relationship without reasonable notice or a reasonable excuse, and fails to provide the patient with an opportunity to find a qualified replacement care provider. more
    Can you punch someone if they punch you?
    If someone gets in your face and you feel as though your safety is at risk, you are lawfully allowed to push them away with little malice behind it. Anyone is allowed to use reasonable force to either protect themselves, others or to carry out an arrest and/or prevent crime. more
    Is Sour Punch halal?
    Satisfy your sour craving. Kosher and Halal certified. SOUR PUNCH candy is always low fat and low sodium. Enjoy a sensible treat that you can snack on with a guilt-free smile. more
    When can an established patient be treated as a new patient?
    three years By CPT definition, a new patient is “one who has not received any professional services from the physician, or another physician of the same specialty who belongs to the same group practice, within the past three years.” By contrast, an established patient has received professional services from the physician or more

    Source: allnurses.com

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