Fortunately, it’s not a story we hear all that often, but an Indiana home health care nurse was recently injured in a gun related accident. The incident occurred in Wayne County. It involved a visiting nurse whose name has been withheld.
The client, the homeowner, owned a .22 caliber revolver and kept it on a table beside his bed. It is unclear why he kept this weapon out, but based on its location and his limited mobility, it might have been for personal protection, especially if this individual worried about break-ins or other potential hazards in his neighborhood.
The gun was loaded and sitting on the table beside the bed when the nurse admitted that a part of her clothing caught the gun as she walked past it. As this happened, she told investigators that the gun discharged, and the bullet passed through her right buttock and lodged in her forearm. She was transported to the hospital and listed in stable condition.
According to a FOX 59 news report, Home health care nurse shot while helping patient in Wayne County, published April 23, 2019:
“A personal caregiver was shot inside of a home in Wayne County. Investigators say the shooting was an accident.
It happened at a home on Pennville Road near Cambridge City on Monday around 9:55 a.m.
The homeowner had a loaded gun on the table beside his bed. The home health nurse was walking between the bed and table when her clothing caught the gun, causing it to discharge.
The bullet passed through her right buttock and became lodged in her right forearm.
She was taken to Reid Health in stable condition.”
Investigators have not commented publicly on the case and it is unclear if any charges would be filed. The incident occurred at 9:55 AM, April 22, 2019 at a Pennville Road residence.
There are numerous risks that in home health care providers face every day when supporting elderly and disabled clients. Some caregivers have to visit their clients in what some may describe as dangerous neighborhoods, but rarely would one think that there are significant risks to a gun accidentally being discharged because a home care provider’s clothing caught it in just the wrong way.
Home care aides and visiting nurses must be diligent at all times for almost every conceivable threat. Fortunately, this visiting nurse is expected to recover, and it is unclear whether the client will continue receiving home care services through this agency or be facing charges related to how the gun was handled.
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