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Royal Ottawa Health Care Group fined $75,000 in stabbing incident at Brockville Mental Health Centre

The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group has been fined $75,000 after a nurse was stabbed by a patient at the Brockville Mental Health Centre.

The incident happened on October 10th, 2014. A nurse was working at the Brockville centre and was critically injured while observing a patient in the Forensic Treatment Unit. According to the report from the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville, the nurse had escorted the patient to the washroom. After the patient left the washroom, the patient stabbed the nurse multiple times with a pen. The nurse was taken to the hospital for emergency treatment.

The court says it’s just one of the many incidents that happened between August and October of 2014 with the patient. The court says multiple nurses were assaulted by the patient.

Following the trial, a court found the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group failed to reassess the risk of workplace violence as required by the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

The fine was announced today.

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