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Bill would protect Oregon hospital workers being attacked at an alarming rate

Hospital Safety Insider, February 13, 2014

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The Oregon state legislature is reviewing a bill that would make it a felony for a state hospital patient to knowingly or intentionally cause physical harm to hospital employees.
 
The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Brian Clem, would make it a felony to attack hospital workers, just as it is to attack a paramedic or a bus or taxi driver. According to KATU, an investigation last year uncovered hospital data that showed patients had been aggressive toward hospital employees 698 times in 2012 – an average of nearly two incidents a day.
 
A similar bill introduced last year was unsuccessful, but Clem said this one has a better chance because it provides funding for prosecuting such case.



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