I was walking on to the inpatient unit. A nurse was screaming in fear for herself as a very large and psychotic man had a chair raised high over his head, ready to smash it onto the defenseless woman. Staff were already running towards them, about to intervene, about to try to wrestle away the “weapon” and place the man in restraints if needed.
“Put it down!” another voice joined, another person scared and startled. The chair hung weightless in the air, held high by the man’s fully extended arms, a metal frame securing a plastic seat and back rest, the gleaming sheen of polished steel ready to crack down on the skull of a nurse who was just doing her job, just trying to keep patients safe, just about to have her head cracked open by the man, draped in a hospital gown, face red with the flow of adrenaline, breath fast and heavy with the flow of psychotic rage.
Dan was my patient. About to assault a nurse.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I’ll tell you what I did after the first ten comments. ~Dr. Joe