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'Disgruntled Patient' Causes Disturbance at Mercy Suburban

Police and firefighters responded to Mercy Suburban Hospital in East Norriton Thursday evening for what turned out to be a 'disgruntled patient' who threatened staff.

Patch received reports of police and firefighters responding to Mercy Suburban Hospital in East Norriton just before 5 p.m. Thursday evening for an unspecified disturbance on the hospital's second floor. 

East Norriton Fire Marshal Frank Ludwig told Patch via Facebook that a "disgruntled patient" became combative with staff, discharging a fire extinguisher and using a piece of wood broken from a hospital window as weapon.

According to Ludwig, East Norriton Police were able to subdue the unidentified patient and transfer him to another section of the hospital. Firefighters then worked to contain and clean the anhydrous sulfur dioxide (or "ansul") that had discharged from the extinguisher and spread across the second floor, into the stairwell and to floors above and below.

According to The Times Herald, six patients were evacuated from the wing as a result of the incident, but no injuries have been reported. Patients exposed to the ansul are be monitored for any reaction to the chemicals.

It is unknown if any charges will be filed in the incident, but Ludwig told the Herald that hospital staff has had "numerous run-ins" with the patient.

Bhrenda Drakeford March 22, 2013 at 02:48 AM
You know no where he has to cool of at. He is the type of patient I worked with for a long time and that's why I am on a cane still. He needs anger management classes and a good @#$ whipping.
patchsux March 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM
anger management !! he is in a hospital there is no reason for this crap kick his a** out and have him locked up freaking animal
Joan Shade Bangert March 22, 2013 at 12:32 PM
nurses don't need this kind of crap especially if he has be like this before, he needs o be sedated and locked down, handcuffed to his bed, sounds mean but i wouldn't want any of my friends or family or any one to be hurt while they are trying to get better.
Virginia Rueber March 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM
I still think he should be charged, nurses are there to help patients and patients are there to get well, not to be hurt by some other fool. If her needs anger management force him to get it by a court order, but he still needs to be charged because he endangered others!
H8TR March 22, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Im gonna guess he dont even have insurance or illegal alien robbing da system. Not only should dis sucka bee charged sounds like he needs future visits at the state hospital. Doctors and Nurses gonna be packin tasers next.
amisstree March 24, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Sounds like he should've been at the St8 Hospital!
Murray Monastero March 24, 2013 at 07:18 PM
What a shame!

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