Taken from The Record, September 4, 2015
After at least eight employees were attacked this year by patients at Bergen Regional Medical Center — including being barricaded in a room — federal authorities are calling on the hospital to beef up security, improve training and better screen its patients to protect staff.
In addition to barricading workers, patients have also punched a lab tech trying to draw blood and kicked and bitten a security guard, according to findings released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency cited the hospital and proposed a fine of $13,600.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) acted in response to complaints filed by HPAE, which represents RNs and non-nursing professional staff at Bergen Regional Medical Center, is demanding that management make immediate improvements, based on OSHA’s directives.
In another case, a nurse suffered bruises and cuts after being pushed to the floor while intervening when a patient attacked another patient, the federal government found. Half of the injuries noted in the report required medical treatment.