I have blogged about this before (about whether docs should carry guns) but I think health care workers are still one of the highest risk jobs there is out there. Forget the infectious disease risks like needle sticks and Ebola. I am talking security risks. As I write this there is a man holding hostages at a Houston ICU.
Stella Fitzgibbons, MD, who also writes articles for us at Authentic Medicine, had just sent me this:
Now that I’m taking more ER shifts I guess I’m sensitized to the topic, since there’s rarely any type of security guard onsite at most outpatient facilities. Many ERs have open ambulance doors that anybody can walk through, and in a state where the open-carry gun nuts are regularly parading in public places I figure it’s only a matter of time before one of them decides to take revenge for the time they had to spend waiting for their last visit.
To be honest, I’m gonna let the nurses run with this one, since there are more of them and the latest poll show theirs to be the most respected profession.
In the wake of the Charlie Hedbo situation, I want to point out that even though there are no ideological terrorists going after healthcare workers there are many criminals who want their narcotics, many psychotic patients who are not in their right minds and many vengeful people who just want to hurt someone. And we are sitting ducks. Please be careful out there and I pray for your safety.