University Hospital patient damages room, faces three charges

Monday, April 22, 2013 | 4:28 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A patient at University Hospital is facing the possibility of three criminal charges after an episode Saturday morning in which the patient flicked HIV-infected blood at the door and caused damage to his room.

MU Police Department was waiting Monday afternoon for warrant requests to be returned on possible charges of third-degree assault, first-degree property damage and serving as a donor or risking infection of another with HIV. The charges would likely lead to probation if the patient has no criminal record, according to the Missouri Sentencing Advisory Commission guidelines.

Agitated by an IV falling out, the patient began flicking blood from the end of the IV at the door. A nurse who knew the patient had HIV told the person that no one would come in to help until the person stopped, MU Police Capt. Brian Weimer said.

The patient then threw a table that broke a hanging dry-erase board and then threw other furniture in the room that broke a heart rate monitor.

Weimer said the total costs of the damage were unknown beyond the sure costs of $350 for the adjustable table and $50 for the whiteboard. The heart rate monitor could cost up to $6,000, depending on whether the whole monitor must be replaced or just the screen. 

The patient remained Monday afternoon at University Hospital. 

Supervising editor is Simina Mistreanu.

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Tracy Greever-Rice April 23, 2013 | 8:52 a.m.

I'm curious as to the customer's perception of care prior to the 'IV falling out'.

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frank christian April 23, 2013 | 11:20 a.m.

"I'm curious as to the customer's perception of care prior to the 'IV falling out'."

Of course! The perp may belong to a liberally protected group. In an instance where this has chance of being true, the victim always receives the blame. It's the new American way!

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