Tragic. Heartbreaking. Unbelievable. And yet it seems all too common these days to hear horrific stories of nurses being attacked at work.
Lynne Truxillo, a nurse in Baton Rouge was attacked April 4 and was able to finish her shift, according to reports. During the attack, the nurse sustained abrasions to the back of her neck and tore her ACL, requiring surgery for repair.
Truxillo returned to the hospital on April 11 to be seen in the emergency room and was admitted to the ICU complaining of trouble breathing. She went into cardiac arrest multiple times and could not be revived. She died just after 1 a.m. on Thursday, April 11.
Now a warrant has been issued for the mental health patient accused of attacking Truxillo. Jessie Guillory, 54, of Lake Charles, is wanted on one count of manslaughter.
Preliminary autopsy results released Monday, April 15 show Truxillo died of a blood clot in her right leg and a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot that had formed in or traveled to her lungs.
The warrant provides more details about her death as well, saying the autopsy showed contusions to her head and blood clots in her right leg. Her official cause of death is a bilateral pulmonary thromboemboli (traveling blood clot) caused by a deep vein thrombosis in her right leg from the traumatic knee injury she sustained when attacked by Guillory.
Baton Rouge General Medical Center President Edgardo Tenreiro called the nurse “a kind, compassionate, and giving nurse whose helpful and thoughtful nature made her a favorite of both her colleagues and her patients.”
“Our deepest sympathies are with her loved ones, friends and colleagues as we work to better understand this tragic loss,” he said.
We all know, some of us firsthand, that violence and abuse against nurses have grown into serious problems in healthcare settings across the country. Our heart breaks for Truxillo, her family and co-workers. It is time for nurses and healthcare workers to be protected! Share your thoughts in the comments section below.