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ASH patient, two employees injured in recent attacks

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comOctober 5, 2012 

Atascadero State Hospital

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Two employees and a patient at Atascadero State Hospital were injured in attacks in the last two weeks, according to a preliminary report from the facility.

On Sept. 25, a nursing employee was involved in an aggressive incident with a patient that resulted in the employee reporting lower back pain. A nursing employee could be a psychiatric technician or a registered nurse.

About a week later, a patient was injured during an aggressive incident with another patient. Details of what prompted the attack were not given, but a hospital spokesman said the male victim was treated for injuries and is recovering in his housing unit.

The other patient was arrested, but information on his name and charges was not immediately available.

Finally, on Wednesday, a clinician received “bumps and bruises” after being attacked, according to the report. A clinician could be a physician or a psychiatrist.

Details of attack reports are preliminary and represent initial information that hospital management still needs to investigate.

Staff names are not released and job titles remain general in attack reports to protect the identity of employees, officials said.

Patients’ names and injuries are not given due to federal health laws.

Violent acts by patients toward staff and other patients occur regularly at the all-male facility. Last year, there were 409 aggressive incidents against staff members. Of them, 151 resulted in injury, according to the state.

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