The following report from Swiss television describes the increasing level of violence that confronts the medical staff in the emergency room of a hospital with a large migrant clientele.
|00:00||Violence in the A&E [emergency room]|
|00:03||Scenes like these are increasingly a daily routine in the Inselspital Hospital of Bern.|
|00:07||Attacks on the staff of the A&E are on the rise.|
|00:10||“Most address the colour of my skin.”|
|00:17||“He did not want to be examined, so he spat at me and got physical.”|
|00:25||Police and security staff are increasingly on duty.|
|00:32||Especially in the A&E, patients often are under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.|
|00:39||“We are attacked with mace, choked, beaten,|
|00:47||and of course this is — especially for young female nurses —|
|00:53||often a quite traumatic experience.”|
|00:56||In training courses, doctors and nurses now learn techniques of self defense.|
|01:05||But aggressive patients will also have to fear the legal consequences:|
|01:10||Every fifth attack in the Insel A&E leads to a criminal complaint.