- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) - Union workers at the state hospital that houses nearly 400 of Minnesota’s most violent and mentally ill patients want more freedom to use restraints.

Officials with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union Local 404 say the number of injuries to staff this year at Minnesota Security Hospital is unprecedented. Minnesota Public Radio News (https://bit.ly/1Jt7ALv ) reports that the union’s request follows a recent assault at the St. Peter facility in which a security counselor was hospitalized for severe head injuries.

Union spokeswoman Jennifer Munt says workers should be able to use mobile restraints, such as padded leather cuffs attached to a belt, when a patient acts violently.

Currently, the hospital’s policy allows them to use restraints in self-defense but not as punishment.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, https://www.mprnews.org


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