NY Firefighter Stabbed by Patient

A firefighter-paramedic was stabbed with a needle or lancet while trying to treat a man during a medical call in Troy, New York.

Firefighters were reportedly trying to treat a man who had overdosed on heroin when the patient became combative and stabbed one of the medics, according to a report from FOX 23 News (http://bit.ly/10KS6XO). The object was tainted with the blood of the 32-year-old patient, who was charged on a variety of criminal counts including second-degree assault.

Troy Fire Chief Tom Garrett says initially the man tore his intravenous out and ran out of the hospital before doctors could test him to see if he was HIV positive, but he will now undergo those tests after being apprehended.

Read more about this case at http://bit.ly/10KS6XO.

This violent episode underscores the risk firefighters and EMTs face from combative patients, but also the lethal potential for infection and other such hazards. For more on such dangers facing the firefighting profession, consider Tactics for Combative Patients, Ensure Scene Safety at Your Next EMS Call, Managing Assaultive Behavior, National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System: Down But Definitely Not Out, and WA Firefighter Who Contracted HIV Recognized as LODD.

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