Two Nurses Wounded In Separate Stabbings At Calif. Hospitals

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 9:10am
Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products

Two nurses were wounded in a pair of unrelated attacks at two Los Angeles-area medical centers this past Sunday.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the incidents occurred at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. Both nurses are currently recovering from their injuries.

The Daily News reported 26-year-old Ramiro Carnallawas was able to get past a weapons screening area at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center at with a knife and allegedly stabbed a nurse repeatedly inside the Sylmar facility. He was arrested and is in police custody.

Meanwhile, a second nurse was wounded about seven hours later at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Thomas Robert Fredette, 38, of Santee, was taken into police custody on suspicion of stabbing a nurse in the ear with a pencil. According to the Daily News, Fredette went through a weapons screening area.

The incidents remain under investigation as legislators in California consider a bill that would require the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to adopt workplace violence prevention plans to protect healthcare workers from aggressive and violent behavior. The California Nurses Association supports the legislation, but the California Hospital Association opposes the bill, maintaining “it is unnecessary because current law already requires hospitals to adopt and implement a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan.”



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