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Patient Arrested on Manslaughter Charge for Attack That Killed Nurse

By Steven Porter  
   April 25, 2019

The behavioral health patient allegedly attacked multiple nurses, inflicting injuries that later killed one of them.

A patient charged with manslaughter for allegedly causing the death of a nurse at Baton Rouge General Medical Center in Louisiana two weeks ago has been arrested.

Jessie Guillory, 54, was booked Tuesday in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, where he's being held on $100,000 bond, according to local sheriff's office records

Guillory is accused of an early-April attack that caused the death of nurse Lynne Truxillo, 56, the following week, according to the local coroner, as The Advocate reported.

Truxillo reportedly finished her shift on the day of the attack before being treated and released from the hospital's emergency department. Her death was caused by blood clots in one leg and both lungs stemming from the fight, the coroner said.

The death comes as nurses push for policies to better protect frontline healthcare professionals from workplace violence.

Related: 6 Steps to Manage Violence Against Hospital Healthcare Workers

Related: Nurses' Union Supports Legislation to Prevent Workplace Violence

Related: ER Doc Urges You to Protect Staff From Workplace Violence

—Steven Porter is an associate content manager and online news editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.


KEY TAKEAWAYS

The nurse finished her shift the day of the attack then died the following week.

A coroner determined the death resulted from injuries directly tied to the attack.

The cause highlights pervasive workplace violence facing nurses and other frontline staff.


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