Patient Accused of Seriously Injuring Duke Raleigh Hospital Employee :: WRAL.com
Raleigh, North Carolina — A man is accused of physically assaulting a staff member at Duke Raleigh Hospital on Thursday morning.
Stanley Scarboro, 47, was receiving hospital treatment when he assaulted the employee, according to a Duke Health spokesperson. An incident report showed that the employee was seriously injured in the attack.
“It gets absolutely crazy to go anywhere, and that’s why people need to be aware of their surroundings,” said security consultant Tim Shipman.
Shipman, who responds to such incidents, said he is seeing an increase in violence in businesses, schools, restaurants and emergency rooms.
“The emergency room environment is even more susceptible to [violence] because you have to understand the word emergency is in there,” Shipman said. “A person goes to an emergency room under the effect of stress. Something pushes them to be there. Emotions run high for everyone.”
Shipman said a combination of the coronavirus pandemic, lack of access to mental health care and the overall state of the country plays a role in the increase.
“These businesses, these schools, these restaurants are struggling to find help right now,” he said. “They are trying to operate within the limitations that they have in terms of the limited amount of help,”
In a statement about the assault, Duke Health said it was “concerned about the escalation of these incidents of violence in health care facilities nationwide.”
“We are doing everything we can to protect our patients and staff, whose safety is our top priority,” Duke Health said.
Shipman said more training was needed and people needed to be more aware of their surroundings.
“If your gut tells you something is wrong, it’s probably not right, then you remove yourself from that situation,” he said.
As of Thursday night, Scarboro remains in the custody of the Raleigh Police Department for aggravated assault and has reported threatening charges.