Mass. hospital boosts security after nurse stabbed

October 2, 2017

Additional metal detectors, security cameras and panic buttons have been installed throughout the Harrington HealthCare System’s Southbridge (Mass.) facility after the near-fatal stabbing of an ER nurse, according to an article on the Campus Safety website.

The nurse now is advocating for a bill that will require annual safety risk assessments and workplace violence prevention plans for healthcare facilities.

She was working as an emergency room nurse on June 14 a 24-year-old man stabbed her 11 times, severing her brachial artery and causing nerve damage.

The security changes also include limitation of visitors in emergency departments and mandatory bag searches.

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