Staff injuries at psychiatric hospital spike

Hospital staff at a psychiatric center in Minnesota are reporting increased incidence of assault cases as a result of admitting more mentally-challenged convicted criminals, CBS Minnesota reported on December 6.

The increasing assault incidents on staff at the hands of patients in Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center is likely the result the new “48-hour rule” that requires the fast admission of mentally ill inmates in the facility. Data showed that since the law took effect in November 2013, at least 40 assaults on staff were reported, up from 24 cases the year before. Reports show that workers’ compensation claims in the center in 2014 increased by three folds as a result of the attacks. A hospital employee stated that at least three staff members recently required medical attention after they were assaulted by a patient.

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