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Patient's Gun Fires in ER

Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013  |  Updated 4:36 PM EDT
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Patient's Gun Fires in ER

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Questions remain after a man’s gun went off while he was being treated in a hospital.

The state health department wants a thorough review after a patient's gun fired as he was being treated in the emergency room at a Pennsylvania hospital. The bullet entered the top of a wall and no one was hit.

A spokesman for Geisinger Medical Center in Danville -- about 60 miles north of Harrisburg -- says it happened around 8 p.m. Thursday as the man was being turned by ER staff inside a trauma bay. The (Bloomsburg) Press Enterprise reports the spokesman, Mike Ferlazzo, says a handgun fell out of the patient's pocket and fired.

Police say the patient had a permit for that gun and that they don't consider it a criminal matter.

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Holli Senior, a spokeswoman for the state health department, says Geisinger needs to conduct a thorough review of the incident to determine if corrective action is needed.

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