By Patti Weaver

 

  (Stillwater, Okla.) — A patient in the emergency room of the Cushing hospital has been charged with assault and battery on a registered nurse, who was giving him a Covid test.
    An arrest warrant has been issued for Gregory Anthony Retherford, 52, of Cushing, who reportedly was being treated for double lung pneumonia and in septic shock.
    If convicted, Retherford could be given as much as a two-year prison term and $1,000 fine, according to the felony charge filed last week.
    A nurse at the Hillcrest Hospital in Cushing called police at 7:45 pm on Aug. 25 to report that she had been assaulted, an affidavit alleged.
    Cushing Police Officer Heather Snow said that staff told her Retherford had walked out of the hospital, according to her affidavit.
    “There was a trail of blood on the floor that led outside in the direction that he left. Nurses stated that Gregory had removed both his IVs.
    “Officers were able to locate him just east of the hospital. I was at the hospital while other officers and an EMS unit tended to Gregory,” Snow’s affidavit said.
    The injured nurse said that she had gone in to do a Covid swab on the patient, while being assisted by another nurse, the affidavit said.
    She said that after she stuck a swab in the patient’s right nostril, the patient “started kicking and grabbed my right arm,” the affidavit alleged.
    The other nurse was holding the head of the patient, who was warned about touching staff, the affidavit alleged.
    The injured nurse said that after she swabbed the patient’s left nostril, he hit her in the face and scratched her right arm, the affidavit alleged.
    When the patient’s family was contacted by police, “no one would take him,” the affidavit alleged.
    “Gregory was convinced to return to the ER at Cushing Hillcrest Hospital for care. Officers were informed that Gregory was being treated for double lung pneumonia and was in septic shock,” the affidavit alleged.
    Another ER nurse said that after the patient came back to the emergency room, “I said ‘we’re going to get along great. I am going to work with you, and you’re going to work with me. We’re going to get along just fine. We aren’t going to hit anyone,"” the affidavit said.
    “The patient stated, ‘I didn’t hit anyone.’ The RN stated, ‘Yes, you did. You hit me,"” the affidavit alleged.
    “The patient stated, ‘pulled the f…… stick out of my nose. I didn’t hit anyone. Don’t call me a f…… liar,"” the affidavit alleged.
    The RN “raised her voice loudly to tell the patient that he is not to speak to staff that way. The patient and (RN) continued yelling at each other until PD came into the room and stopped it,” the affidavit alleged.
    “When the patient came back to the ER, his nose was very bloody. The patient was stating that the nurse did his Covid swab did it to him,” the affidavit alleged.
    Another ER nurse wrote in a statement that the injured RN and an LPN “were saying that his nose was not bleeding when he left the ER — I did not see this — but that he was not staying still when they were trying to do the swab,” the affidavit alleged.