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Nurse Assaulted With Blood

Updated: Monday, April 1 2013, 08:35 AM EDT
Wednesday night around six patient flow at McDowell Hospital's emergency room kicked into high gear.  Marion police say one of those patients was 20-year-old Benjamin Flynn.  But this was no ordinary patient.

Nurses say Flynn was in the waiting room drunk, combative, and still drinking alcohol.  They also say Lynn spit blood in the face of a nurse and kicked a police officer in the stomach. 

"I would've put him out.  I wouldn't have done nothing for him," said Marion resident Jerry Barnes.  But doctors couldn't kick Flynn out.  By law they had to treat him.  But first they had to wrestle him to a gurney and tie him down.

"Something like this I don't know.  They ought to...  I don't know how to handle that," said another man.

According to police reports it took three officers two hours to finally get Flynn under control.  From the E.R. Flynn's next stop was jail for misdemeanor assault on police and medical staff and underage drinking.

"Well, he should've went to jail and he should have a mental evaluation," said Bruce Frisbee.

Hospital administrators say unruly E.R. patients are not uncommon.  In fact, a protocol is in place to deal with the problem including using security guards.  "As much of it is going on they might need to beef up security," said Frisbee.

Flynn is still locked up in the McDowell County Jail under a $5,000 bond. 

By: Mario Boone, mlboone@wlos.com
Follow on Twitter: @mariobooneNurse Assaulted With Blood


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