Before we can clear him for a mental eval we need a Utox and a BAL (blood alcohol level) . The techs typically do the blood draw as most are big guys and are protective over us nurses.. as one of the techs is drawing his blood the patient has his head bent down and is cooperating with all commands when out of nowhere he punches the tech in the face knocking him off his feet. We immediately call a code strong and security and police arrive and assist with restraining the guy.
In our state it is a felony to assault or even threaten to assault a health care worker... so after the police finished restraining the patient and come to fill out the paperwork to file charges it is unbelievable to have the police tell us that because the patient assaulted a tech the charges weren't going to be as severe as if he had assaulted a nurse!!
Are you kidding me?! These techs bust their butts doing all the grunt work with no recognition from patients, families, and some bitchy nurses so we nurses can do the jobs that get praise.. and for this they are fair game for our patients wrath with little to no consequences...
Well if that is the case then i think all our techs should start carrying tasers sounds fair to me.