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Jun 11, 2019

DHS Weighs in on Protocols Following Stabbing of Retired Nurse Elijio

The near-fatal attack on Matron Augustina Elijio last Tuesday at the Port Loyola Health Center has prompted the Ministry of Health to revisit existing procedures for patients accessing services at public facilities.  While there are already protocols in place, a recent incident during which the retired nurse was stabbed multiple times by a mental patient has brought the issues of security and access to fore.  In the wake of the violent assault, the staff of the Central Health Region has raised concerns.  This morning, Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero addressed the issue briefly.


Marvin Manzanero

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“There are protocols in place in terms of how you engage patients.  But before you get to mental health patients, I think there are protocols in terms of how you address patients on a whole, right, in terms of who should be in a room with you whenever you are doing any physical examination.  In this particular case, I guess you are referring to the incident that brought this last week.  Protocols were again reviewed, particularly at Port Loyola.  That was done the day after, that brought people from Central Health Region, some of our nursing staff from headquarters to see what it is that we can change.  We are cognizant, however, that it is not going to be that easy to just defend against particular and isolated cases.  So wherever we can we are going to go back and review that.  Perhaps there were was notions of having a metal detector, vamping up the security measures in general.  But I must say that it has been voiced by Central Health Region staff particularly, not only in relation to this incident but prior to this.  So it’s something that we are working on continuously.”

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