Texas 83rd Legislature: Pass House Bill 705 - Elevating Assault on ER Staff to a Felony Offense
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Gov. Rick Perry

Texas 83rd Legislature: Pass House Bill 705 - Elevating Assault on ER Staff to a Felony Offense

    1. Jeff Scott
    2. Petition by

      Jeff Scott

      Irving, TX

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September 2013

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From Jeff Scott: To the supporters of TX House Bill 705 across the state and the country, thank you for your support. After passing both houses of the TX legislature, HB705 was signed by the governor and became law as of the first of this month. It is now a felony to assault emergency care providers in a hospital ER in the State of Texas.

Violence against Emergency Department staff is a major problem. I have been an EMT in the State of Texas for 5 years, and the worst, most consistent violence by patients against their caregivers I have witnessed was when I worked as a Patient Care Technician in an Emergency Department in Central Texas. It was an almost daily occurrence. A 2010 CNN Health article entitled "Bitten, shot, spat on: Violence in hospitals common for staff" outlines how this is a national problem, not isolated to one region or facility. The "Emergency Department Violence Surveillance Study" published by the Emergency Nurses Association in November 2011 demonstrated that among 7,169 emergency nurses surveyed, 54.5% had experienced verbal abuse and/or physical violence in the previous 7-day period; 12.1% had actually been physically assaulted. Nearly all physical assaults (97.8%) were committed by patients against their caregivers. Of those, 73.1% were perceived by their victims to be lucid at the time of the assault.

The American College of Emergency Physicians policy statement entitled "Protection from Physical Violence in the Emergency Department Environment" states, "Maximum criminal prosecution will be pursued against those individuals who commit violent acts against health care workers, when deemed appropriate, based on the circumstances of the incident." Furthermore, it concludes, "ACEP recognizes that the EMS system is an integral component of emergency care and supports and encourages efforts to protect EMS personnel against physical violence in the prehospital environment." Texas state law already recognizes assault against EMS and other emergency personnel in the prehospital environment as a felony offense. Please pass House Bill 705 into law so that all emergency responders, no matter the environment in which they work, will be protected against physical assault in the discharge of their duties.

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    • Larry Benavides SAN ANTONIO,TX, TX
      • 8 months ago

      i work in the E.R. BEEN ASSAULTED 4 TIMES...SPIT AT ON MY EYE GLASSES. BITTEN ON MY WRIST.

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    • Charlotte Richard ROCKWELL, TX
      • 8 months ago

      I am an ER nurse

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    • Cherri Urban GEORGETOWN, TX
      • 10 months ago

      My daughter is an ER employee and has been physically assaulted twice in the last two years. This has got to stop!

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    • DJ Dandignac LEANDER, TX
      • 11 months ago

      For protection of my mother who works hard to provide for our family.

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    • Jessica Taylor PFLUGERVILLE, TX
      • 11 months ago

      Because as and ER nurse, I have been the victim of workplace violence in the ER. Without this proposed legislation it is very difficult to pursue criminal charges as a victim and for the police to take the attacker to jail where they belong. I DO NOT WORK TO GET HURT!!! This type and amount of violence is not tolerated anywhere else. Let's send Perry the message loud and clear to sign this bill into law.

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