Echuca Regional Health’s isolation room for drug-affected or violent patients is not in good shape.KATHLEEN TONINI January 29, 2013 4:23am
The isolation room in the Echuca hospital emergency department is battered and bruised.
It has patches of different coloured paint and plaster and a large black piece of wood over its most recent wound.
It is no stranger to violence from aggressive drug or alcohol-affected patients.
But it appears that such instances
ED unit manager Craig Frew said the past 18 months had seen a rise in the number of people presenting who were either affected by drugs such as crystal methamphetamine (ice) or alcohol.
One case this month saw a man spend 12 hours in emergency, who had to be given sedatives and put in the isolation room where he vented his frustration on the walls.
Cases like this were ‘‘challenging’’ for staff, Mr Frew said.
Though not all were as extreme as that recent case, staff were often in the front-line when it came to dealing with affected people.
Not knowing what would come through the door was part of the job, but Mr Frew said it was still distressing for staff, volunteers and other patients.
‘‘Staff are prepared for that to a certain extent,’’ he said.
‘‘(But) staff aren’t here to be abused.’’
Mr Frew said a hospital volunteer who was rostered on the evening in question said the experience was an eye-opener.
‘‘She’d never seen anything like it,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s (also) quite distressing for other patients and their families.’’
He said treating a patient such as the one who was using ice last week used a lot of resources, including hospital staff, security staff, police and mental health staff.
ED director Bob Allan said alcohol and ice caused some people to react badly and sometimes aggressively to t
The Bureau of Meteorology has released a severe weather warning for regions that include Shepparton. It includes damaging winds and the potential for flash flooding.
Pete O’Neill and Abby Hicks are national champions at the completion of the 2015 Australian Barefoot Championships held last week.
GVAC women Rachel Pratt and Jacquie Fitzpatrick showed the men, and the large crowd at Rushworth Speedway on Saturday, March 28, they have what it takes when competing in the men’s classes.
Two international backpackers have taken aim at contractors who hired them to pick fruit in the region without payment.
Rochester boxing coach Chris Trewin and his team of dedicated trainers have been hitting the bag for more than six months and the results are beginning to show.
Local MP calls for community applications
A special event will take place at Pioneer Park on Sunday.
Jerilderie's born and bred Madeleine Harris has been recognised for her banking and finance career
Concerned Costerfield residents had the chance to voice their antimony health concerns last week after an independent facilitator was appointed.
Strathmerton clinched a win in the high-scoring game against Mathoura on the weekend in the PDFL North West competition.
Deniliquin swimming dynamo Stephen Dalzell has finished 13th overall in his preferred event at the Australian Age Championships.
Murray Goulburn Co-operative has set a date for a special meeting to vote on a new capital structure.
Emergency services are on scene of a two-car crash on the Midland Hwy, near Benalla. Two people have died. Traffic is being diverted.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.