Alsace : a nurse the victim of a knife attack

Health 4 July, 2017

The CHS Rouffach (screen Capture of Google Street View)

Published the 04.07.2017 at 11h18


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10 days off of work. The nurse attacked on 1st July by a patient is doing well. Attacked with a knife by a old man hospitalized at CH de Rouffach (Haut-Rhin), she was hit several times. His days are not in danger. But for the trade unions and staff representatives, is the violence too much.

Since the beginning of the year, 27 assaults were reported in the specialized facility. 8 have given rise to a work stoppage. In the local press, the unions denounce an excessive workload and declining numbers.

“It is violence everyday, spectacular, but also the most often insults “, is a testament to France Bleu Alsace Juliet Wadel, Force Ouvrière. The last report of the national Observatory of violence in healthcare environments (ONVS) reflects this experience.

Assault, frequent

By themselves, the psychiatric services focused assault on five. In the majority of cases, such as in Rouffach, the acts of violence are physical and relate to caregivers. Attacks of this type are also common in the geriatric wards of hospitals.

In both of these cases, a common point : the pathology is at the origin of the attacks. This could be the case for this old man, hospitalized for two days in psychiatry. It has since been transferred to a closed unit.

The warden pleads for him his good faith. According to him, the patient had not been a problem until now and such an incident could not have been anticipated. He also recalled that the security measures have been strengthened earlier in the year.