Nurses should be armed with tasers against hospital violence
YOUR SAY: I READ the article on the Baillie Henderson 2013 riot, where nursing staff were attacked by violent inmates and seriously hurt.
We read more and more of this happening to police, paramedics, ambulance bearers and nurses in A/E situations.
The offenders may be mad or fuelled up on illicit drugs or alcohol and the violence of which they are capable is often horrendous.
We see the libertarian media showing scenes of six burly police officers bringing down one supposedly harmless individual and up goes the "scratched record" cry of "police brutality".
I challenge anyone to take up the song by the late Joe South and walk a mile in the shoes/boots of the police and see first-hand with what they have to contend.
This also applies to ambulance officers there to assist but often attacked for their efforts.
Regarding police and violent offenders, these individuals, full of bad attitude and drugs or alcohol, don't feel the restraining force applied and this has to be increased by first one officer, then two, then more as the offender struggles and lashes out.
Police officers carry tasers which can disable an offender from a distance - a step down from the lethal requirement of a firearm. However, it can come to that.
Anyway, I suggest that nurses in situations where patients can turn violent against their carers be also armed with tasers and trained in their use.
The lives of persons who serve the community should not be at risk and they should be able to perform their duties in safety.
We should write to our MLAs and request that nursing staff and other emergency services personnel who have to face potentially violent offenders be armed with tasers that can im-mobilise dangerous persons from a distance.
ROGER E. DESHON, Toowoomba