ALBANY, GA (WALB) - According to hospital security, there has been an increase in violence from patients.
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's security head said that their treatment of mental and drug impaired patients has seen a slight uptick in violent confrontations with staff.
Sunday afternoon police were called to arrest Rayshawn Alexander, who attacked several hospital staff members.
Records show he hit a nurse and struck a security officer twice with a chair, as well as damaging expensive hospital equipment. He was charged with aggravated assault, and is now being held in the jail.
With new drugs known to increase violent tendencies, like flakka, being seen more in the community, hospital officials say their staff is trained to stay aware and ready for combative patient care.
"Our staff regularly receives de-escalation techniques, and also healthcare focus tactics and self defense tactics. There is no doubt working in a hospital whether as a security officer or a nurse on the floor can be challenging," said Jim Maddux the Director of Security at Phoebe.
Maddux said hospitals are generally areas of high emotion, where people come to get help.
Phoebe continues to look at new technology and new techniques to keep the staff safe from violent patients.