ASH assaults continue in new year
January 18, 2013
Patients have injured seven employees at Atascadero State Hospital in the first two weeks of 2013. [Tribune]
An attack Monday resulted in employees suffering scratches, bruises and muscle strains. A police officer also sustained an injury in the patient assault Monday.
Other incidents this month left ASH employees with cuts to the head, back pain, and hand and arm injuries.
ASH did not release the names of the injured employees, but all of the state hospital workers injured were nursing employees.
Last month, a psychology technician at ASH ended up in Twin Cities Hospital in Templeton after trying to break up a fight between two patients. One of the patients, 24-year-old Michael Lopez, allegedly pounded the psychology technician several times in the head. Another psychology technician also sustained facial injuries from trying to break up the fight and went home from work early.
In November 2012, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health fined ASH $27,000 for frequent patient assaults on employees. The Cal/OSHA report stated that an average of 10 patient caused injuries occurred each month in 2012 from January to September.