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Panel studying violence against emergency room workers
Ashley Krus keeps track of patients registration on her computer cart inside the Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s emergency department.
The patient had already given police trouble, and what happened next would leave an indelible mark on the young nurse attending to her. The woman lunged off a table in the emergency room at Northeast Georgia Medical Center and wrapped both her hands around the neck of Kay Hall, as she was about to give an injection. “As I was drifting away into loss of consciousness, I was thinking I was fixing to die ... and I have a 3-month-old child I’m never going to see grow up,” said Hall, a registered nurse who is now serving as operations manager at the hospital’s ER. Police finally used a nightstick to subdue the patient.