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Being groped or grabbed by a patient while carrying out work duties is not okay in any clinical setting. Yet, a Monash University study found that 70% of surveyed nurses reported being physically assaulted in the workplace. The patient was identified as being the perpetrator in many of these assaults. The challenge for nurses is that they are caring for patients who may be aggressive due to an acute or untreated medical condition such as dementia, delirium or brain injury. One such medical condition that may lead to incidents of physical assault is Alien Hand Syndrome (AHS), which may occur in patients recovering from stroke due to disruption of the anterior cerebral artery (ACA) blood supply.