Now that you have reviewed emergency information, what would you do in the following situation? This case study is adapted from a real situation. All names are aliases, and any identifiers are removed for privacy.
You are at work caring for clients in a LTC facility. You hear a disturbance at the door where visitors enter. As you go to see what is happening, you see a female co-worker standing next to a male who is yelling at her and grabbing her arm to pull her out of the doorway. He keeps saying that she must come with him. The co-worker calls him by name and tells him to leave her alone. She says they have not been together for months, and she is not going anywhere with him. You see other employees coming to see what is wrong, and two clients in the area. Your co-worker is hitting the male and trying to get away.
Answer the following question:
- What would you do?
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Call emergency medical services (EMS) to report a dangerous situation, or, if available at your facility, notify security. Keep yourself and clients safe from the disturbances by keeping away from the altercation. From a safe distance, advise the worker to step away from the disturbance, state that help is on the way, and advise the parties that everything is on video.
When the male visitor was informed that EMS had been called, he left the facility immediately. When questioned by police, the female staff member was advised to procure a restraining order, which she did. All staff who witnessed the event completed incident reports.