If a shopper gets obnoxious and starts a fight in a store, the recourse is obvious.
Kick them out. Call the police. Or both.
If an angst-ridden patient, or their family, gets unruly in an emergency room — kicking, spitting, punching, pulling a knife or worse — the recourse is more difficult.
Physicians and nurses have an ethical obligation to treat the patients who come to them in pain, on alcohol or drugs, or suffering from an unchecked mental health condition.
They must work with the distressed families demanding immediate care for their daughters, sons, moms and dads who may be . . .