At least two hospitals in Shanghai are now training doctors and staff in self-defense as a response to the increasing amount of reported attacks on hospital workers by patients and patients’ families.
According to Beijing News, Shanghai’s Huashan Hospital on November 5 invited instructors to train its staff in self-defense against potentially violent patients. On the same day, Zhongshan Hospital invited four instructors from the Black Belt World Taekwondo Federation to teach various tricks aiding in self-defense against knife-wielding attackers.
The self-defense training is taking place not long after a disturbing number of patient-on-doctor attacks have been reported across China’s hospitals.
Nearly three weeks ago, three doctors were stabbed and one killed in a Zhejiang hospital, leading to mass demonstrations by medical staff who staged protests for their protection.
Not long after, on November 4, a man at Baini Town Huali Hospital in Sanshui District, who claimed to be the husband of a woman who was fatally stabbed the night before, beat up a doctor and gave him a severe concussion after the woman’s body was moved to a local funeral parlour on hospital policy.
“Where did my woman’s corpse go? I want to kill you!” the man reportedly screamed as he burst into the office of Xu Baozhang, the deputy director of the hospital’s outpatient department, after which he hit the doctor on the head with a ceramic cup and repeatedly kicked him, later rampaging through the hospital, smashing computers, chairs and windows.
Last month, a man in Changsha stabbed three nurses in the face in a Hunan hospital because he was unhappy with his beard transplant.
According to Shenzhen Daily, local hospital administrators said that most violent attacks against doctors happen because patients have excessively high expectations for medical services, and disputes can be seen almost every day at local hospitals and clinics.
“We have more than 20 serious incidents involving patients or patients’ relatives beating medical staff ever year,” Yang Jiancai, vice director of security at Shenzhen Children’s Hospital, was quoted as saying in Shenzhen Special Zone Daily.
By the end of September, over 2,995 cases involving disputes at hospitals and medical organizations in the province were reported, where medical staff was injured in over 30 percent of cases.
“Minor disputes are often related to long waiting periods, and serious disputes are caused when treatment results are not as good as patients and families expected,” Yang was quoted as saying. “The number of disputes caused by real medical accidents is very low.”
Shenzhen People’s Hospital emergency department director Shan Aijun said in the report that many patients’ family members have unreasonable expectations.
“No matter how well technology develops, people still die of illnesses. The problem now is that patients don’t understand that some diseases may not be cured some of the time,” Shan was quoted as saying in the Daily. “They think hospitals should cure their disease because they have paid.”
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