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Assaults against staff surge at Minnesota hospitals: 'It seems like it's inevitable'

Nurse Ben Spencer heard the plea from across the hospital unit - "We need Ben!" - and hustled to a room where an angry patient punched him in the face.

The former footballer dodged the patient's next lunge and tackled him, feeling conflicted about fighting a patient while protecting coworkers.

"To be put in a position like this, it's tough," said Spencer, who suffered a concussion from the punch and missed two weeks of work.


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