One nurse killed, another nurse and suspect shot at Dallas Methodist Hospital
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
, workplace violence "is a recognized hazard in the health care industry."
Two nurses were shot this morning, Saturday, October 21, 2022, near the Labor and Delivery Department at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Both employees who reportedly served as maternity ward nurses were treated for their wounds. One of whom was originally listed in critical condition has unfortunately died as a result of injuries sustained.
The suspect was shot by responding officers, and has been taken into custody.
Investigating authorities have not provided a possible motive regarding today's active shooter episode inside Methodist Hospital.
Neither the employees or the suspect's identities have been released.
According to OSHA, "in most workplaces where risk factors can be identified, the risk of assault can be prevented or minimized if employers take appropriate precautions."
For the past several years, OSHA has dedicated a portion of their website to the issue of occupational violence and its prevention. Go here to learn more about the mitigation of workplace violence in the health care industry: https://www.osha.gov/healthcare/workplace-violence