Sorry to here that about your partner, it must be so upsetting for her. I have had colleagues experience the same. Folks who don't work in health probably don't realize how dangerous it can be. ICU and ED especially. The patients have high rates of mental illness, often addled by drugs, behavioral issues due to brain injury or an ongoing medical illness. There is a higher than average number of crims to deal with. Often the family is the problem not the patient, one nutty relative and everything can go south pretty quick. Mind you, in ICU, sedated on a ventilator the patients themselves don't get the opportunity to act up much.Only if you have diplomatic protection squad. My partner has had death threats. Most of the time its worked up or bereaved family members. But the worst one was a heavily drug affected nutcase involved in some high profile murders. In a previous nurse obsession he became fixated on a nurse but follwed the wrong nurse bashed his way into her house i think she got away and he passed out there. Then back to hospital for blood loss.