When patients' relatives attack the doctors, usually we expect a strike from the doctors. To a certain extent it is reasonable provided the strike doesn’t affect the patients. But one report in today’s regional newspaper really surprised me.
The other day, one psychiatric patient slapped the doctor at a mental hospital in Kerala. Immediately, the KGMOA (Kerala Government Medical Officers Association) conducted a strike to protest the act.
With great sympathy to that innocent doctor, let me tell one thing. When a mentally challenged patient, without knowing the seriousness of his behavior, does some thing wrong it is not a reason for them to protest. It is the part of his sickness, so what they need is precautions while managing such cases.
Mentally unbalanced woman talks about her experience.
In another incident, a young psychiatric patient was brutally killed at the mental hospital in Kerala. As per the post mortem report, there were almost 71 injury marks on his body. They say that he was violent; hence they had to manage him physically. Instead of using some sedatives, they used iron roads and hammers!
Now I wonder, who is actually mentally challenged?
NEW DELHI: A desperate, unsuccessful effort to save a 16-year-old girl's life led to a team of six doctors being assaulted early on Friday by a group of 25 persons accompanying the girl, who objected to their providing cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation. The procedure involves pressing down hard and rapidly on the chest and blowing into the patient's mouth.
KevinMD| Attacks on doctors on the rise. Due to the frequent threats on specialists in this area, "according to a survey conducted in 2005, 40 percent of emergency physicians admitted to carrying a gun."
Slate | How can doctors practice medicine safely without compromising on care? "According to 2005 data from Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care workers are twice as likely as those in other fields to experience an injury from a violent act at work, with nurses being the most common victims." Threats can come in the form of both physical and verbal attacks.
Some 55.6% of respondents said the society is simply prejudiced against the medical profession, 23.5% of doctors did not properly communicate with their patients and 20.6% said treatment cannot meet patients' high expectations.
The data, stories and violent incidents upon physicians in clinics, hospitals and emergency rooms become a call to action to protect those who serve. Females may be targeted more often, but health care workers who interact with emotionally and mentally unstable persons need support systems put in place. When dealing with a wild animal, you never know who and when an attack will come.