LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Human Services says a worker at the State Hospital has been fired for hitting a patient with a closed fist.
The hospital on Tuesday dismissed the worker for failing to follow proper guidelines.
Officials say the worker was hit by a patient last Wednesday. The worker responded by punching the patient, who needed a trip to the hospital for stitches.
DHS didn't name the worker because he can still file an appeal. The employee was placed on administrative leave the day of the incident, pending the outcome of an investigation.
State Hospital CEO Steve Henson says that staff members have to expect to encounter agitated patients and use their training to respond properly.
DHS says its case file was turned over to prosecutors for possible charges.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.