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Physician dies after patient attack in Dallas hospital

Hospital Safety Insider, July 14, 2016

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A story chronicled in Medscape tells the story of a doctor who was tackled by a patient June 30 at a Texas hospital and died after striking her head.

According to the report, Tony Lee Cason, a burly patient at Timberlawn Mental Health System in Dallas, Texas, was standing outside his room at 1 p.m. on June 30 when Ruth Anne MarDock, MD, rounded a hallway corner and met him face to face.

The 55-year-old Cason had just heard that he was being transferred to another facility, "which appeared to upset him," according to the report. The six-foot-tall, 213-pound man "violently tackled" the petite Dr. MarDock, some eight inches shorter, and slammed her to the floor, according to the report. She struck her head, lost consciousness, and died two days later. Cason now faces manslaughter charges.

Things might have been different, however, had the state of Texas carried out its threat to shut down the 99-year-old hospital over safety issues involving not clinicians but patients. Her death highlights the outsized threat of workplace violence directed against physicians, nurses, and other healthcare workers, who experience 50% of all job-related assaults, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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