Patient Assaults Knoxville Paramedic - @

Patient Assaults Knoxville Paramedic


| Thursday, May 1, 2008

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A Rural/Metro paramedic was injured Tuesday afternoon when she was assaulted by a patient in the back of an ambulance, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk.

The paramedic, who was not identified, suffered "scratches and a bloodied nose," while the patient, who is being treated at St. Mary's Medical Center, was charged with simple assault, De-Busk said.

The incident began about 2:37 p.m. when the ambulance was dispatched to a medical call at a Lay Avenue address, DeBusk said. The patient, Qiana Bennett, 28, had a history of causing problems for authorities, he said.

"Rural/Metro has an alert on that particular person for previous problems," he said.

While the ambulance was going down Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Bennett allegedly attacked the paramedic and had to be restrained by KPD officers after the ambulance pulled off the road, he said.

Because she was being treated at St. Mary's, Bennett was issued a citation, in lieu of arrest, for the assault charge, he said.

Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Provider Wellness and Safety, Legal and Ethical

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox


Fire EMS Blogs

Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts


EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Advancement

This is the seventh year of the EMS 10 Innovators in EMS program, jointly sponsored by Physio-Control and JEMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Press Conference, East Village Explosion and Collapse

Fire is contained to four buildings; 12 people have been injured.
Watch It >

Multimedia Thumb

D.C. Mayor Adds Ambulances to Peak Demand Period

10 additional ambulances will be on the streets from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Watch It >

Multimedia Thumb

Utah Commission Privatizes Ambulance Service

Mayors in Iron County loose management fight.
Watch It >

Multimedia Thumb

Ambulance Delay Raises Concerns over Response Times

Officers give up after waiting 20 minutes for an ambulance.
Watch It >

Multimedia Thumb

Patient Carry during Snowstorm

Firefighters, medics and officers lend a hand in Halifax.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Terror Attack in Tunisia

19 people killed outside of a museum.
More >