A relative of a patient, disagreeing with the decision of the board of doctors regarding the patient’s brain death, injured the intensive care doctor of Eastern Hospital, who herself was admitted to the hospital.
Eastern hospital representative Ilga Namniece informed the LETA agency that the patient was brought to the medical institution after long-term resuscitation measures. Medical measures were continued for him, and then all the diagnostic examinations and doctors’ councils required by the regulatory framework were carried out, including the initiation of the brain death protocol.
Showing aggressive disagreement with this decision of the council of doctors, the patient’s relatives disrupted the work of the intensive care clinic in various ways, and as a result one of them attacked the doctor. The doctor was injured and was unable to work, but on Monday night the doctor got worse and was taken to the hospital.
Cases when patients show aggression towards the hospital’s treatment and care staff or other employees are not rare, but causing bodily harm to a doctor who is performing his work duties is considered an extraordinary situation, admits Namniece. Employees of the State Police were also called to the hospital.
Illustrative photo. Photo: Ieva Leiniša/LETA