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Chinese Medical Workers Still Need Self-Defense Training

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MEDICAL EMERGENCY
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Late last year, we talked about the growing amount of violence in Chinese hospitals. According to one popular medical website, doctors looking to stay safe were best advised to keep in good shape and “remove uniform and sneak into the crowd” if a violent incident occurred.
 
It’s unclear how well those methods worked but, regardless, violence continues at Chinese hospitals. According to Danwei.com, a recent article in the China Youth Daily newspaper looked into rebuilding doctor-patient relationships. Of course, it also showed a medical worker learning self-defense.
 
The past few years have seen a number of incidents where patients killed, or attempted to kill, their doctors. Recently in Nanjing, a woman went after a nurse with a knife over a Caesarian operation that she had undergone 16 years before. Another incident features a young man who stabbed doctors for not treating him quickly enough.
 
In response, China’s government has mandated increased security at medical institutions. More specifically, hospitals are required to have a “guard’s room equipped with helmets, shields, anti-stab vests and a long stick.”
 
The stick is, conceivably, intended to keep mobs of disgruntled patients at a safe distance.
 
High medical costs and long wait times are pointed out as two of the major causes of hospital violence. A survey conducted last year and discussed along with the sneak into the crowd advice pointed to prejudice against doctors, lack of communication and high patient expectations as additional sources of conflict.
 
Beyond that, as the China Youth Daily article points out, corruption inside of hospitals also adds to patient distrust and anger at medical professionals. Doctors have been known to overprescribe drugs and prescribe unnecessarily expensive drugs in order to increase their income. Observers point out that low doctor salaries contribute heavily to these practices.
 
Meanwhile, stateside, doctors are increasingly turning to tablet technology for patient care. A recent study found that use of iPads (AAPL) among doctors has doubled over the last year. Among other benefit, the iPad is a convenient way to keep track of patient records, and to illustrate patient medical issues quickly and easily.
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