I was wondering what kind of policies are in place in most hospitals to secure nurse/staff property. Say they invested in an expensive stethoscope and a patient broke it on purpose due to aggression, what would happen?
Would the patient be charge the cost of the equipment, or would it be the hospital or nurses responsibility?
Once, I was attacked by a patient. He sundowned and believed we were all Korean soldiers trying to take his house. He lifted an obs machine above his head and threw it at me and it smashed into many pieces. After he finally calmed down (This was not all he did, he caused a lot of damage) we were able to restrain him and whatnot, we informed the ADON and they told us that the family would be paying for it. Another time a patient smashed a window (on level 8) with a oxygen cylinder and attempted to jump out and that patient was deemed responsible for the damages.
Thats my experience anyway, but I am sure different places do it differently. As for injuries to the nurses, that was all covered by workers comp.