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Nurse beat dementia patient with broom

Nurse beat dementia patient with broom

Published: 14 Jan 2012 12:00 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Jan 2012 12:00 GMT+01:00

A nursing assistant is suspected of having hit a patient with the dementia in the head with a broom. The incident occurred at Skogsliden's geriatric home in Båstad, in southern Sweden, and has been reported to the police.

The attack became known when a co-worker told superiors about it.

According to the local newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad (HD), the colleague witnessed the nursing assistant go into a cleaning closet and pick up a broom.

The nursing assistant then used the broom to push the patient's wheelchair before then beating the patient's head and face with the broom.

"I've worked in this business for many years, but I've never heard of anything like this," said Båstad's head of healthcare Susanne Hertting to HD.

Skogsliden's management reported that there was nothing to suggest the patient was injured, but a medical examination has been ordered.

This isn't the first time Skogsliden has come in for heavy criticism, according to HD.

The National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) criticised the home last year, pointing out several unacceptable flaws, such as insufficient staff and patients who weren't allowed to shower when they wanted to.

However, Hertting doesn't think events of the past week have anything to do with previous flaws.

"This is about one single person. We know that most of our staff do a fantastic job. No matter how hard work gets, or if you're angry at your boss, you don't go and hit an innocent person," she said to HD.

The nursing assistant, who is also suspected of stealing medicines, has been suspended, wrote HD.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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17:23 January 14, 2012 by zoroastrina
The word misanthrope sounds innocuous, as in a comedy by Molière. Greek misanthrōpos hating humankind, from misein to hate + anthrōpos human being. Such people have been negatively socialized. The maturation of ventral fronto-striatal circuitry underlies the development of inhibitory control in behavioural response in the mammalian brain. This nurse is an animal in the pejorative sense of the word.
18:45 January 14, 2012 by dizzymoe33
I wish someone would beat that nurse in the head and face with a broom and see how she feels about that!! Stupid b*tch!!
20:19 January 14, 2012 by Puffin
Misleading headline as according to the article it was a nursing assistant and not a nurse who hit the patient - BIG difference

Some places will litterally hire anyone of the streets as a nursing assistant with zero qualifications or training - I knew of a steelworker who was hired on the basis of being strong but zero qualifications or sense of ethics
09:35 January 16, 2012 by caradoc
perhaps somebody could translate zoroastrina comments into everyday english please?
20:59 January 21, 2012 by Gustav Jung
Hey dizzymoe33 why do you assume it was a woman? sounds more like the sort of thing a man would do.
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