The elderly female patient at a hospital in Shiga, central Japan, was given a local anaesthetic for an unspecified operation early last month, but began thrashing around on the operating table and yelling at the doctor to stop.
After trying to persuade her to calm down, the doctor hit the patient on the forehead and yelled at her to shut up, a hospital spokesman said. The patient needed five days to recover from the injury to her forehead.
[ Reuters ]
That "thrashing-around" is a reaction experienced by some patients injected with a local anaesthetic. They hallucinate and sometimes do things they aren't aware of. The doctor should have known better.