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Physician killed after attack inside Dallas mental health facility is remembered

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10 Jul 2016 - General
 

I remembered a post about patients'violence a short while ago. Just came across this news. We should never underestimate what violent patient are capable of. 

A physician at Dallas’ Timberlawn Mental Health System who was attacked by an upset patient Thursday has died.Tony Cason, a patient at Timberlawn, was angry after learning on June 30 that he would be transferred to a different facility for treatment, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. He attacked Ruth Mardock outside his hospital room as a result.“Suspect Cason violently tackled complainant Mardock to the ground,” the affidavit reads. “Mardock struck her head on the ground and lost consciousness.” The attack was captured on surveillance video, which has not been made public.It was determined Friday that Mardock would not recover from the attack. She died Saturday. Cason was initially arrested for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. He now faces a manslaughter charge, according to jail records.

Now I remember my psychiatrist telling me to interview the patient with me sitting nearer the door. Even if this guy is to plead mentally insane , he will likely be institutionalize for aeons. I find the administrators are the co perpetrator. This should be classified a work related death and subjected to investigation by their industry watch dog. How can a diminutive Doctor come into close proximity to a hostile patient without a guard. I thought USA has very stringent workplace safety standard...
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Oh wow. May she rest in peace. I remember during clerkship when we were left in a closed very very small room with a out patient psychiatry patients who we had to interview as new patients or for follow-up. I felt pretty tense practically every time with the fear that the patient might suddenly have a psychotic break and attack me. The door was at my back and there was a table (a small one) between us but still. A patient shoved me against the door once to by but that was it. I truly hope that t...
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Cason now faces manslaughter charges. Her death highlights the outsized threat of workplace violence directed against physicians, nurses, and other healthcare workers, who experience 50% of all job-related assaults, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The risk for violence is even higher for workers in inpatient psychiatric ward. Fortunately I am not a psychiatrist. I remember when I was a medical student, I tried to challenge the delusion of one patient and he turned verbally aggres...
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Hi Dr. Inserto, it looked like he was convicted according to this post as it says, Cason's now faces a manslaughter charge. But like what you've mentioned in the Grey's Anatomy episode, the patient was released because he had no idea what he has done. Do you think this would have applied to Cason's case as well, considering that he is in a mental facility, surely, his thought perception and being able to think rationally are affected as well. Also, it is not just doctors who put ...
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Oh my, this is just crazy. Just the other day I was watching that Grey's Anatomy episode (from the latest season) where Meredith Grey was attacked by a patient. The patient, who after suffering a seizure, lost consciousness and then awakened and almost zombie-like acted violently, and beat Dr Grey up. I am bringing this up because I realize with this post that doctors really put themselves in danger sometimes, especially when speaking of patients in a precarious mental state. To be brutally ...
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I have worked in a care home specialising in the care of patients living with Dementia and I've had my fair share of experiences with aggressive behaviour. Where I used to work, staff are trained to deal with situations when patients become aggressive, to be able to defend theirselves when an unexpected situation happens. Also, staff were trained to understand people living with Dementia and how to approach patients when they become aggressive. I think, one good point working in a care home ...
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I agree with what you have said in your introduction, "we should never underestimate what violent patient are capable of". I felt that this is mostly applicable to patients in a mental facility sinply because they are not able to think sensibly and assess their thoughts/actions. With what happened to the physician, I think this could have been prevented if the staff has recognized Cason's feelings and has put extra measures for the safety of staff and other patients at the same tim...
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