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Surprise Hostage Hospital Exercise Results In Trauma & Lawsuit…Who In Their Right Mind Would Use Guns & Hostages As An Exercise “Surprise?”

November 10, 2011

A hospital director is suing her employer for running a safety “drill” in which she was held hostage by a police officer playing the role of a gunman.  The employee, the ICU director at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nev., claims the hospital’s administrators authorized a drill in May 2010, during which a man held her and two other staff members hostage at gunpoint, according to a lawsuit filed in Las Vegas’ Clark County District Court on Monday.

According to court documents, a man who later identified himself as an off-duty Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer walked into Ms. Diktakis’ ICU on May 24, 2010, and, after a brief argument, pulled out a handgun and pointed it at her. He then ordered Ms. Diktakis, a nurse and a unit supervisor into the break room, and held them hostage for “a period of time,” according to Ms. Diktakis’ complaint.

Eventually, the gunman—who was named as one of the defendants in the lawsuit—revealed himself to be an off-duty police officer, and informed the women that the entire ordeal had been a “drill,” court documents show.

In her complaint, Ms. Diktakis alleges that the hospital’s administrators, who are identified by pseudonyms in the complaint, intentionally did not inform her or the ICU staff of the drill. She claims the hospital’s actions not only “emotionally traumatized” her and her staff, but put patients in the ICU at risk by unnecessarily detaining their caregivers. “There was no point to the ‘drill’ other than to traumatize staff, patients and visitors and there was no reason given as to why it was purportedly conducted,” the suit claims.

Ms. Diktakis is seeking at least $50,000 in damages for emotional trauma, assault, false imprisonment and civil conspiracy against her and her staff. My first thought was, is that all?!?!?!

Excuse me….how could this have happened?!?!?!?

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/may/29/hospital-uses-armed-man-unannounced-drill/

http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20111110/NEWS05/111119990?tags=58|340|75|70

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2011 13:06

    How could this ever happen, especially in a hospital? By doing this thing, they’re putting all people in the hospital traumatized and be afraid of people they’d be seeing in their entire life. Things such this should never happen again. They’re putting people’s lives in risk.

    • December 2, 2011 05:28

      It is amazing isn’t it Terry? It must have been an incredibly awful experience for all involved. Thanks for your comment. Be well. Regina

      • December 2, 2011 06:28

        Absolutely! Could have been one of their nightmares. You too, be well. God bless. 🙂

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