Date: June 1, 2015
Emergency Department Patient in Canadian
Hospital is Shot and Killed by Hospital Police.
Dateline: May 21, 2015
In a rare hospital shooting, a Guelph General Hospital’s emergency department became a crime scene when a woman, covered with blood, ran out of the hospital screaming that her boyfriend was shooting.
Minutes later, two Guelph police officers shot and killed the man accused of shooting his girlfriend. Witnesses at the scene said that they screaming. A witness on the scene reported, “All I heard was gunshots, the chick’s just like, ‘Help, my boyfriend’s shooting at me,’ and she comes running out,”
Guelph General Hospital President Marianne Walker praised the hospital staff, saying “They put the patients first, and thought of themselves second.”
Few details were released, pending investigation, but a source reported that the “boyfriend” had been at the hospital many times before, according to a source who did not want to be identified.
Homewood Health, one of Canada’s largest addiction and mental health centres, is located near the hospital. Some of the bystanders suspected it might be a case of domestic violence.
President Walker said the hospital was providing counseling and other services (Psychological First Aid) for the hospital staff who was very upset over the event. “All our staff will get as much time off as they need, and as much support as they require,” she said, ““We really want to make sure that they’re OK.”
1. Staff members who are not used to violent incidents may be shaken up by
shooter events. New requirements for hospitals emphasize the importance of having support available immediately after an event to counsel employees.
2. Support for hospital staff who witness violence are prime candidates for a program that FEMA has called “Psychological First Aid.
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