"How can I avoid getting bitten by patients?"
Dear My Occupational Defense, I've been an ED nurse for the past 10 years. One of the most frequent injuries that occur, or that we try to prevent, are patients that try to bite us, and sadly, sometimes succeed. Sometimes, it's a violent patient who's drunk or high, but sometimes it's just an elderly patient who suffers from dementia or who's had a brain injury. As a nurse, I have to get close to place IV's, provide medications, as well as other medical care. What can I do in