A nurse had her head split open after she was attacked during a drug-fuelled rampage by a patient in hospital.
Bec Davis was almost ready to finish her nightshift at Westmead Hospital, Sydney, in September last year when Jack Solomons jumped on a security guard’s back before assaulting the nurse.
The incident occurred when Solomons, 26, had been given the last remaining bed after being admitted by the emergency department at around 5am.
Solomons was reportedly lying in bed when he suddenly ran straight at the security guard and began to punch him.
Ms David told 9 News that the security guard tried to escape from Solomons, leading to both running through the whole emergency department.
He gave up on the chase and turned his attention to Ms Davis.
The nurse said she tried to run but Solomons put his hands around her neck.
Solomons then put his whole body weight onto her, causing the nurse to fall into the door frame.
Hospital staff said Solomons did not seem aggressive when he entered the hospital, so the alarm was not raised.
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Ms Davis suffered a serious injury to her head after her scalp was split to her skull.
The emergency nurse required 16 stitches to her head following the assault by Solomons.
Speaking to 9 News last year, Ms Davis told the channel that attacks that happened to her are frequent and her colleagues are subjected to physical and verbal abuse.
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She said: "There's almost a daily occurrence of verbal aggression within our department.
"We've had numerous occasions of spitting and we've had numerous doctors being physically assaulted."
Solomons avoided jail but was handed a sentence of two years and six months to be served under supervision in the community.
He was also ordered to complete a drug rehabilitation program and get treatment for his mental health.
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