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Congressman stands with Danbury healthcare worker calling for better protections

One member of Connecticut's Congressional delegation is citing an incident in Danbury as a reason for his push to better protect healthcare professionals from workplace violence.  Congressman Joe Courtney was joined by psychiatric nurse Helene Andrews yesterday to discuss his work. 


In 2009, while Andrews was handing a male patient his pain medication, he punched her in the jaw, knocking her to the floor with such force that her pelvis was broken. She was unable to return to work for six and a half months and had to go through rehabilitation and physical therapy.


In 2014, Courtney called for a study of how to better protect healthcare workers. With the study now complete, Courtney plans to work with OSHA and other agencies to implement the recommendations.

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