Baltimore's Gregory Jasani considers himself "very lucky" to have never been a victim of violence while working as an ER doctor in Maryland. After all, a recent poll showed more than 50 percent of his colleagues have.

"I certainly saw a lot of it in my training and my day-to-day job. As you can imagine, an emergency department in inner-city Baltimore sees a lot of, I guess you consider them high-risk patients," said Jasani, now an assistant professor in the UMD School of Medicine who worked for three years in their emergency department and also worked in a small community hospital in Prince George's County.

He recalled three of his colleagues who had been attacked by the patients they were trying to help.

"When I was in my training, there was a nurse, friend of mine, who actually got kicked in the chest by a patient. She needed to have X-rays just to make sure she didn't have any broken ribs. Another colleague was tackled by a patient suffering from an acute... psychiatric illness who felt, for whatever reason, that a sacrifice had to be offered - for what I don't know, but [the patient] decided that my nursing friend was going to be that sacrifice. And then a third colleague was actually choked by a patient that we Narcaned [administered the anti-opioid treatment Narcan] in the street in front of our emergency department. We got called out that there was a person slumped over unconscious in their car and we gave him some Narcan, which worked, woke him up, but then he reached out and began choking the nurse... [Violence] is very prevalent in the emergency department."
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