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OK stiffens penalties for assaulting physicians and security officers

Hospital Safety Insider, June 3, 2009

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Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry signed a bill into law that now makes it a felony to assault emergency medical care providers.

The crime, which was formerly a misdemeanor, is punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of $1,000, reported the Tulsa World.

"Emergency medical care providers" include physicians, residents, interns, nurses, nurse aides, ambulance personnel, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and hospital security officers.

Authorities pushed for the law based on increased assaults on these workers by patients and others, according to the Tulsa World.



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