Violence in Emergency Rooms is Escalating

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CASPER An American College of Emergency Physicians study said that nearly half of the 3,500 emergency room doctors polled has a patient physically assaulted them.

More than half of them said they have witnessed patients harm other patients.

70 percent say that violence has increased in the last five years.

96 percent of women polled say a patient or visitor has made inappropriate comments or unwanted advances towards them.

"If we have a particularly violent patient, it can sometimes take three or four or five people to restrain a patient who needs that, and that sometimes means that it takes away from the care of other patients." Said Mandy Cepeda, the Wyoming Medical Center Spokesperson.

Cepeda said that Wyoming Medical Center staff have also seen an increase on patient violence right here in Casper.